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Cedar City hiker in critical condition after falling in Portal Canyon

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Posted at 9:41 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 11:41:55-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A Utah man hiking in Portal Canyon in Arizona is in critical condition after falling 20 feet Thursday.

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The 62-year-old hiker from Cedar City was with a friend when he fell from a cliff after the boulder he had grabbed onto slipped out from under him, the St. George News reports.

A helicopter with the Arizona Department of Public Safety removed the hiker from the canyon, while a medical transport helicopter brought him to St. George Regional Hospital.

Because of the complicated location of the rescue, it took nearly four hours from the first 911 call to when the hiker was transported to the hospital.

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The team of emergency crew technicians reached the hiker after a 45-minute hike and found him unconscious, but breathing. The man was treated on the scene for multiple head fractures.

Due to the landscape near the rescue, the helicopter was unable to land and used a Stokes basket to lift the hiker out of the canyon.