Climbers rescued from Mount Shasta by helicopter

A California Highway Patrol helicopter lifted two women off Mount Shasta Tuesday night after they called for help because snow conditions made climbing difficult.

Denise Denney, 41, from the San Francisco Bay Area, called the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department at about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday to report that she and her climbing partner, 35-year-old Cairn Seale, were stuck at the 11,000-foot elevation of Mount Shasta in the Clear Creek Trail area, sheriff's department spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said in a news release.

Denney reported that the snow was slushy and the two kept breaking through.

Although the pair had climbing gear, food, water and emergency blankets, Denney told authorities that Seale had circulation problems and could be at risk for hypothermia if they couldn't get off the mountain.

The sheriff's department contacted the air operations division of the California Highway Patrol, which sent an H-16 helicopter from Redding to Mount Shasta. The helicopter pilot found both women at about 8:25 p.m. and they were flown off the mountain by 9:18 p.m., Gravenkamp said.

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