LONE PINE — A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew rescued four climbers from a Sierra Nevada peak.

The effort began Sunday when the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission requesting rescue.

Authorities say alpine conditions will remain potentially life-threatening into the summer due to the massive winter snowfall.

The office says the group went off course while descending Mount Russell and got stuck above a steep couloir (KOOL-wahr).

The helicopter crew located them around 5:30 p.m. at 13,000 feet.

An Inyo search-and-rescue team member lowered on a 100-foot cable secured three of the climbers on the cliff and hooked up the fourth for a hoist.

The chopper flew to Lone Pine Airport to refuel and then returned to hoist the others one at a time.

Authorities say alpine conditions will remain potentially life-threatening into the summer due to the massive winter snowfall.

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