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Injured rock climber rescued by helicopter crew


Last updated 8/24/2019 at 5:10pm

IDYLLWILD - A helicopter crew managed to rescue a person who was injured on Saturday, Aug. 24 in a fall while rock climbing and was stranded 400 feet above the ground, fire officials said.

The injury was reported at 3:10 p.m. in the Humber Park area, a popular rock climbing destination in the San Bernardino National Forest, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

Fire officials said the injured person fell 20 to 30 feet and was on the face of a rock wall.

A rescue helicopter was deployed to the location because crews on the ground were not able to access the rock climber.

Windy conditions made the aerial rescue more difficult, but eventually the helicopter crew managed to successfully hoist the rock climber to safety, a spokeswoman for the fire department said.

The rock climber, who suffered moderate injuries, was flown to a ground ambulance then taken to a hospital.


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