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Crews use ropes, helicopter to rescue hiker at The Wave

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Mar 30th, 2018 @ 9:13pm


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KANAB — A hiker who dislodged a boulder and injured her arm near The Wave had to be lifted out of the area via a rope lowering system this week.

The rescue took place on Monday near the remote sandstone formation in northern Arizona known as The Wave, Kane County Search and Rescue officials said on Facebook.

A group of four hikers inadvertently dislodged a sandstone boulder, which rolled over the left arm of one of the hikers in the group, a 21-year-old Indiana woman, according to Kane County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Alan Alldredge.

She had a deep laceration on her upper left arm, Alldredge said. One of the group members had cell reception and called 911 for help.

A search and rescue crew from Kane County, Utah, as well as a medical helicopter from Classic Air Medical responded to the scene. The helicopter crew found the hikers and determined that due to the terrain and weather conditions, a technical rescue maneuver would be needed.

The helicopter crew helped shuttle search and rescue crew members to the top of a cliff and helped with the rope lowering system. The woman later was flown in the helicopter to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Alldredge said.

Kane County Search and Rescue officials said most of the people who work with the group are volunteers, but come from diverse backgrounds such as law enforcement, the private sector and first responders.

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