Des Moines man rescued from mountain ledge

INDEX, Wash. (AP) - A Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman says the sheriff's helicopter rescue team picked up a climber who called for help from a ledge near Merchant Peak.

Spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the 67-year-old Des Moines man is an experienced climber who realized Wednesday that he was unable to safely climb down from his position at about 5,000 feet. He called 911.

The climber was not identified.