Family of US climber who died claims 911 rescue was delayed

The family of a climber who died on Mount Hood in Oregon has filed a $10 million wrongful death suit, alleging a delay in sending a rescue helicopter contributed to John Jenkins’s death.

CBS News reports 911 was first called on May 7, 2017, around 10am, after Jenkins fell around 600 feet near the mountain’s summit.

However, the fellow climber who called was transferred to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and advised to contact ski patrol instead.

Volunteers arrived — and there was a second 911 call, followed by another call to the sheriff’s department for the helicopter.

The Blackhawk helicopter, shown in photos captured by Portland Mountain Rescue, arrived around at 3:11pm — around four-and-a-half hours after the initial call.

As he was lifted into it, Jenkins’s pulse reportedly stopped — and his cause of death was later ruled to be blunt force trauma, according to the Oregonian.

In the Jenkins family’s suit, they claim the emergency services agencies failed to mobilize the helicopter soon enough to save his life.

A county spokesman told CBS News: "The county is very proud of the fine work of the women and men who are involved in rescue efforts. They risk their lives to save the lives of others."

See images of a past rescue effort on Mount Hood:

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Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Pararescuers Phil Tracy (L) and John Ansley of the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron take off their gear after rescuing climbers from the slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Ron Martin, 55, of the Hood River Crag Rats mountain rescue group, watches as climbers and rescue personnel descend Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Mount Hood, scene of a climbing accident, Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
Pararescuers with the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron take off their gear after rescuing climbers from the slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
At sunset, climbers and rescue personnel descend Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pararescuers John Ansley (L) and Phil Tracy of the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron take off their gear after rescuing climbers from the slopes of Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescuers with Portland Mountain Rescue and the 304th Air Force Reserve Rescue Squadron unload after helping climbers descend from Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescue personnel attend the staging area for rescues underway on Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
Rescue personnel and climbers descend from the summit of Mount Hood, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Terray Sylvester
People look at Mount Hood, scene of a climbing accident, Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter lifts off after a rescue from Mount Hood, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew members return with a stretcher after a rescue from Mount Hood, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter lifts off after a rescue from Mount Hood, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew member returns with a stretcher after a rescue from Mount Hood, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
An Oregon Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter sits on the landing pad after a rescue from Mount Hood, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, U.S., February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
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