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Utah hiker slipped and fell more than 100 feet-survived



Authorities said that a man trekking in the foothills north of Salt Lake City on Sunday, survived and fell more than 100 feet, and stayed on a cliff ledge for several hours after dropping his cell phone in the fall.

According to NBC affiliate KSL, the 29-year-old hiker was walking about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the State Capitol when he slipped and fell near the base of Ensign Peak.

Salt Lake City Fire Department Battalion Commander Mark Bednaric said: “He took the wrong footsteps, was too close to the edge, slid down, fell to the bottom of the cliff, and entered the quarry.”

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The department said the man was unidentified and injured his pelvis and leg in the fall.

Images released by the department show the hiker perched on the edge of another steep descending channel.

The department said he stayed there for five hours after losing his phone because he could not move. KSL reported that a group of homeless people heard him yelling, calling 911.

The video shows that rescuers used safety belts to lower the people off the cliff.




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