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Woman in serious condition after rappelling with too-short rope

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Posted at 6:23 PM, May 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-27 23:23:38-04

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah – A woman retrieved by search and rescue crews Monday is in serious condition after using a rope that was too short while rappelling.

Unified Police Department officials said the 20-year-old woman was climbing in the Dogwood area of Big Cottonwood Canyon.The call was received sometime before 6 p.m.

Police said the woman and her brother were climbing and then rappelling back down. The woman fell when the rope they were using proved to be somewhere between 15 and 25 feet short of reaching the ground.

The road leading through the canyon was still closed as of around 7:30 p.m. while rescue crews were working. The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital in serious condition.

Police said the woman is from the Salt Lake City area but attends Southern Utah University.