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Emergency crews rescue injured hiker

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-27 16:48:26-04

SANDY, Utah – Police responded to reports of a hiker with a broken leg Sunday afternoon, and a medical helicopter equipped with a hoist was dispatched to the scene to rescue the man.

Officials said it took rescuers about an hour to reach the man, and the helicopter was able to get to the man and hoist him down the mountain.

Sgt. Jon Arnold of the Sandy City Police Department said the hiker was in the area near the first waterfall in Bell Canyon. Bruce Cline, deputy chief of the Sandy City Fire Department, said the trails in that area can be precarious.

“He was just hiking along the trail, and it’s quite a difficult trail once you get past the waterfall,” Cline said. “There’s large rocks and boulders, and its very hard climb.”

Cline said someone in the area had heard the 50-year-old male calling for help, and that person was able to find the victim and call 911.