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Injured hiker airlifted to safety in Weber County

Posted at 11:23 PM, Jul 11, 2012

An injured man was rescued near Willard Peak Wednesday night after getting lost with his hiking group in Weber County.

Rescuers followed the sound of a whistle being blown by the injured 53-year-old man, according to Weber County Watch Commander Sgt. Ryon Hadley.

The man was treated for a minor ankle injury from a fall that occurred during the hike.

Hadley says the man was hiking with four members from his church group, including three teens and a 22-year-old man, when they got lost while walking a trail from North Fork Park to Willard Peak.

Hadley says the other four also had to be rescued after they got into trouble deciding to take a short-cut that stranded them on some cliffs.  

The injured man initially called the Weber County Sheriff’s Office by cell phone. He was air-lifted at about 9:30 p.m.