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Update on Mountain Rescue

Sunday, September 9, 2012
By theleader

Two Salt Lake City men are down safely from the mountains above Willard after spending the night on an 18-inch ledge about 8,400 feet above the valley floor.

Sheriff Search and Rescue units from Box Elder and Weber counties worked with LifeFlight crew members to get the men down from their dangerous perch, a task that took most of Sunday morning. 

One of the men, 30 year old Tim Myers, suffered an injured leg and shoulder from falling rock the evening before, which halted the pair’s descent.  The second man, 28 year old Kevin Curtis, was uninjured, but the spot where the two were located, just down from the peak of  a rock cropping known as London Spire, was so precarious  rescuers opted to secure them on the ledge and wait until there was more light.

Early Sunday morning, those rescuers determine the men would have to be hoisted up to a more assessible location before LifeFlight could send down a crewmember to help haul out the injured victim.

Several Search and Rescue personnel with technical training in high angle rescues assisted with getting the men to the top of the peak where LifeFlight was able to retrieve them.

Myers was brought down to a waiting ambulance and transported to McKay-Dee Hospital for treatment.  The second man was able to descend the mountain with rescuers.

Sheriff Lynn Yeates said one Weber County Search and Rescue crew member who was part of the cliffside rescue injured his shoulder during the ordeal.  He was also treated.

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