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Crews rescue injured hiker after fall in canyon

Posted - Jun. 23, 2010 at 9:17 p.m.


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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON -- There was a dramatic rescue of a hiker in Big Cottonwood Canyon Wednesday afternoon.

In exclusive aerial video from Chopper 5, you can see the Department of Public Safety helicopter making the daring rescue. With just one skid on the ground, rescue teams rushed the injured hiker onto the helicopter.

The injured hiker and two others planned to camp several days in the Storm Mountain-Stairs Gulch area and were not easy to find.

Lt. Don Hutson, with the Unified Police Department, said, "When we communicated with them by telephone, they weren't even able to say exactly where they were, what canyon they were in, exactly how far up they were. So it's really critical to literally map out your entire plan, especially if you're going to be up for several days."

The 23-year-old hiker fell about 15 feet and had injured his head. He was in and out of consciousness, but he appears to be fine.

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