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Two hikers stranded on Willard mountaintop

Two Salt Lake City men will spend the night near the top of the mountain above Willard after attempts to rescue them Saturday evening failed.

Box Elder County Sheriff Lynn Yeates said the men, both age 40, were supplied with food, water and shelter and “are resting comfortably,” above one of the three peaks, noticable landmarks on the mountain, about 9,000 feet up.  Rescue attempts will resume at soon as it is light, he said.

Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from one of the two men about 5:30 p.m.,  after a rock slide injured the other one.  It is thought the man may have two broken legs and an injured arm.  Life Flight helicopter responded but was unable to get close  to the pair, because they are situated between two vertical cliffs.   About 12  Search and Rescue personnel hiked the back side of the mountain to Inspiration Point by way of Willard Peak and will spend the night there, according to Yeates, before making the hike down to the two.  They will then attempt a high angle (cliff) rescue and move the men to a more assessible location for a second try at a helicopter rescue.

An update on the rescue will be posted on the website tomorrow.

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