Weather break allows Shasta search to resume |

Weather break allows Shasta search to resume

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. – Authorities in Siskiyou County say a break in the stormy weather will let them start searching for a man stranded near the summit of Mount Shasta.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday that it is launching a search and rescue operation for 26-year-old Thomas Bennett of Oakland. State and federal agencies are assisting with helicopters and rescue teams.

Bennett and his friend, Mark Thomas, began climbing the 14,126-foot mountain Thursday. The climbers were trapped by stormy weather when they tried to descend from the summit Saturday.

Thomas was rescued Monday after he walked down the mountain looking for help. He told authorities that Bennett was unresponsive and he thought his friend could be dead.

Mount Shasta is about 50 miles south of the California-Oregon border.

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