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Iowa Man Dies After Falling On Mount Shasta

A hiker from Iowa has died after falling 1,000 feet on Mount Shasta, but his son has been rescued. According to the Siskiyiou County Sheriff’s Office a 911 call was received Thursday morning by a 16-year-old boy who said his father, 54-year-old James Sieleman, had fallen from the top of “Red Banks” which is a steep slope at about 12,820 feet. Sieleman’s son told dispatchers his father had fallen about 150 yards down a steep, rugged, ice covered slope and he was immobilized. due to the location, air assistance was called in. The CHP Northern Division rotary wing aircraft was not available due to maintenance issues, so a CHP helicopter was called in from the Auburn Airbase. Due to the hazardous location and other environmental factors the National Guard was called in. The California National Guard says its “Spartan 630” helicopter retrieved the severely injured man from the mountain at around 12:30PM Thursday, but Sieleman was pronounced dead by an onboard medic. The helicopter then returned and rescued the man’s son, who was in distress after witnessing his fathers fall. The boy was not injured.