YREKA - An Indonesian man climbing Mount Shasta with his brother, lost his life Tuesday afternoon in a 1,000-foot fall near Casaval Ridge on the southwest side of the mountain.
According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department, Lukito Tardia, 28, and his 21-year-old brother were climbing Mount Shasta Tuesday afternoon. The two brothers had reportedly made this same climb once before without incident.
The brothers were progressing up a slope at the 11,000-foot elevation with Lukman leading the climb about 30 feet in front of Lukito. Lukman reportedly lost his footing and slid about 1,000 feet down the mountain, striking his head on a rock and suffering severe head injuries.
Lukito stayed with his brother for about an hour before starting down the mountain for help. When he reached another climber with a cell phone, Lukito called 9-1-1 and reported his brother's injuries.
A California Highway Patrol H-14 helicopter and volunteers from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Unit responded to the call for help. Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dave Nicholson flew with the helicopter crew and spotted Lukman about two hours after first receiving the call.
Lukman was pronounced dead at the scene. Lukman was from Indonesia and was living in Minnesota on a student visa. - SDN story by Pat Arnold