A 29-year-old outdoorsman was hiking on Sunday when he tumbled down a mountain. He came to a stop just before the cliff edge and had to be retrieved by a rescue crew.
The man, who fell more than 100 feet, was hiking near 1000 N. Victory Road close to a Salt Lake City industrial area west of Ensign Peak, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. He was stranded for more than five hours on the mountain because he lost his phone during the fall. As a result, the outdoorsman was unable to call for help.
However, the man did have a flashlight that he was able to use to get help. He yelled for help and waved his arms, Fire Captain Tony Stowe says. A group of homeless people saw the man and called 911 around 9:30 AM.
The fire department’s Heavy Rescue Team rappelled down about 100 feet to the hiker. The Fire Captain says it took about two hours to get to the man.
Stowe says that the man was conscious but disoriented when they reached him. The outdoorsman said that we went out for a hike around 4 AM.
The photos and video below show the rescue efforts of the Salt Lake City Fire Department.
Here you can see crews lowering the man down the cliff side. pic.twitter.com/obxq3FqZB1— Salt Lake City Fire Department (@slcfire) December 27, 2020
Additionally, the Fire Captian said it appears the man broke his pelvis, but that “he definitely had a broken leg.”
The man was taken to a hospital for care.