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Man rescued after falling in Salt Lake City quarry

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 23:24:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City fire crews rescued a man Sunday morning who had fallen in a quarry.

Officials say the 29-year-old man was hiking on a trail west of the Capitol and Ensign Peak area, near 1000 Victory Road, around 4 a.m. when he lost his footing and fell more than 100 feet.

He landed on a cliff ledge in the rock quarry. He lost his phone in the hall, but he had a flashlight and used it to attempt to get someone's attention. After over five hours, someone heard him yelling and saw him waving the flashlight, and they called 911.

SLC Fire's heavy rescue team responded, climbed down the cliff and used ropes to lower a basket to the rescuers. He was unable to move on his own, so they lowered him the rest of the way down.

The man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his leg and pelvis, and officials say he was awake and stable during the rescue.