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Climbers rescued after 7 hours in American Fork Canyon

Posted - May 17, 2010 at 7:37 a.m.



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UTAH COUNTY -- Three climbers returned home safely after spending nearly seven hours in the dark, stranded on a cliff in American Fork Canyon.

The men, all in their 20s, were climbing just below Timpanogos Cave around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. On their way down, they tried to take a shortcut. They ended up in a ravine that they could not get out of. It led to a cliff. Their ropes were not long enough for the descent.

Sgt. Tom Hodgson of the Utah County Sheriff's Office said, "They stopped and purchased a 75-foot rope earlier in the day. They cut that rope into three pieces, so all they had was 25-foot ropes."

They called for help using a cell phone.

Rescue teams were finally able to reach them after seven hours and helped them down.

All three went home in good condition.

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