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Injured hikers at hospital after hours-long rescue near Logan Peak

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Posted at 7:08 AM, Jun 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-23 12:43:20-04

CACHE COUNTY, Utah – A group of stranded hikers are recovering after they were rescued near Logan Peak Monday morning.

Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said two hikers took a serious fall and were injured Sunday night.

Lt. Peck said the hikers were sliding on snow in a ravine when the accident happened.

According to deputies, 21-year-old Randall Rees lost control and slid nearly 1,000 feet down the ravine and over a 15-foot drop off into some rocks.

His friend, 21-year-old Aaron Speedy, slid down the ravine and then jumped off the ledge to try to help Rees.

Both men are from Logan, Utah.

Search and Rescue members used over 1,000 feet of rope to rescue both men at about 7 a.m.

Lt. Peck said Rees was rescued first and flown to an Ogden hospital.

He suffered cuts to his head and face and was in the early stages of hypothermia.

Then crews rescued Speedy who was driven to the hospital for a broken ankle.

Officials said the rescue efforts took several hours because of the steep grade and slick conditions.