Hikers and climbers in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon Sunday encountered an injured man who told them he had hurt himself in a series of drops and had expended the darknes strong, dehydrated and unable to leave the province on his own.
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Lt. John Barker with the Unified Police Department said the 43 -year-old male grew stranded in the canyon overnight after suffering injuries from a 30 -foot fall.
“It could be pretty scary, ” he remarked. “It could get cold, and if you’re by yourself you wonder if you’re going to survive.”
The man was hiking in the Gate Buttress area at the time.
“I think he’s slammed up pretty bad, and then I think he was dehydrated and only flat wore out, ” he said.
He said the victim decided to wait until daylight was trying to hike out. However, on Sunday morning Lt. Barker said the man fell again.
The hikers and climbers who encountered the three men find him sometime Sunday morning. They offered assistance and called for help.
“It’s a very popular clambering region, so there are various other citizens that have happened across him this morning and are with him holding him assist, ” articulated Lt. Todd Griffiths of the Unified Police Department. “With their help, they’ve given an opportunity to vector examine and save parties to him.”
Search and save personnel initially got the call around 2:30 p.m ., and hiked up to the man on the line. While at first it appeared they’d attempt to hike down, it proved too strenuous.
“Rough terrain, and then gales preserved coming in and out, ” Lt. Barker said.
Ultimately crews used a Life Flight helicopter to hoist him out of the area.