Crews Rescue Hiker Who Fell in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Crews Rescue Hiker Who Fell in Big Cottonwood Canyon

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Coco Warner reporting A night of hiking turns dangerous when a man tumbles 40 feet down a mountain and amazingly survives. That man is very lucky to be alive this morning and is in fairly good condition.

The man is 19 years old, and had been hiking in the Moss Ledge Area at the base of the falls.

He fell just before nine o'clock last night. He was about half a mile up a very steep and treacherous part of the trail.

Fortunately, he was with some friends who were able to quickly get help. Kyle Egan was nearby, enjoying a campfire with his family, and was able to help the search and rescue team locate the man.

Kyle Egan/Witness: "Somebody came down and asked my dad to call 911. So I went up to see where the victim was and came back down and showed the officer the way to him."

Lt. Chris Bertram/S.L. County Sherriff: "It's a half mile, but it's extremely steep, a steep area. So our search and rescue people will be using ropes and harnesses to bring him down the mountain."

The Salt Lake County Sherriff's Office was able to bring the man safely down just an hour later. After falling 40 feet, he's lucky to have escaped with only a broken ankle. He was taken to LDS Hospital and is in good condition.

With plenty of recreators expected through this Canyon today, this accident should remind us all to be careful.

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