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Washington, Mt. St. Helens

Washington, Mt. St. Helens—On August 28, 1955 James F. Henriot (27) was hit by a rolling boulder of unknown origin while climbing on snow on Mt. St. Helens with three companions. He was making a switch-back turn when he saw the boulder just before it hit him in the hip. Lacerations and a chipped bone resulted. Henriot was hospitalized for five days but recovery has been complete.

Source: Interrogation of Henriot and The Mountaineer 48: 13, 1955 (Dec.); Vic Josendal.

Analysis: This accident illustrates the necessity of being constantly alert to the danger of rockfall.