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Rescuers will resume efforts to save a man trapped in the crater at Washington’s Mount St. Helens at daybreak today, authorities said.

Despite early reports that the man was blowing an emergency whistle, at last sighting he was not moving, according to one rescuer.

“The pilot did a reconnaissance flight, got up relatively close, could not see any movement,” chief Tom McDowell of the North Coast EMS Rescue Team told “Good Morning America” Monday. “He didn’t make any effort to signal the helicopter.”

According to authorities, the Washington man was an experienced hiker who had climbed the mountain as many as 68 times. Rescuers believe he was hiking with a partner and was posing for a picture on a ledge of snow when it gave way and he slid 1,500 feet into the crater. The other hiker did not fall.

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Article courtesy abcnews.com

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