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updated 5/13/2007 6:32:31 AM ET 2007-05-13T10:32:31

Five climbers who went missing on Oregon's Mount Hood were rescued and have been taken to safety, a local official told NBC News on Sunday.

There were no reported injuries, said Jim Strovink, a spokesman with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office near the mountain.

Searchers headed for Mount Hood late Saturday after the climbers, all described as men in their 20s and 30s, were reported missing.

The climbers apparently departed from the Timberline Lodge area and became trapped at the 9,800-foot level after heavy snow moved in, according to a Clackamas County official.

A team that included several members of Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, which coordinates mountain rescue operations in Oregon, would attempt to guide the climbers down the mountain, spokesman Jim Strovink told KGW-TV.

If rescuers couldn't reach the stranded climbers, the five would spend the night in a snow cave, Strovink said, adding that the climbers appeared to be well prepared for conditions.

The Associated Press and KGW-TV contributed to this report.

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