Injured man stuck on hillside in SLC for 8 hours after dropping cellphone during 100 foot fall

Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake City Fire Department

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Dec. 27, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — An injured man was stuck on a hillside in Salt Lake City for some eight hours after falling 100 feet and losing his phone in the process early Sunday morning.

Salt Lake City Fire Department Capt. Tony Stowe told Gephardt Daily the initial fall happened in the area of 1000 Victory Road.

The 29-year-old man went for a hike and, at around 4 a.m., lost his footing and slid and fell approximately 100 feet down a hillside toward a quarry, Stowe said.

“His fall arrested on the precipice of a cliff, and he broke his pelvis and one of his legs in the process. He also lost his cellphone, so from about 4 a.m. ’til 9:30 a.m. when Salt Lake City Fire Department was called, he was stuck on that hillside,” Stowe said. “He was yelling and trying to signal for help with his flashlight, until, there’s a community of people experiencing homelessness at the base of the quarry wall that actually saw him, and they are the ones that initiated 911.”

Salt Lake Fire crews responded with their heavy rescue team, who hiked up about 150 feet above the victim and rappelled down to him, packaged him up, then lowered him the rest of the way down.

Stowe said the rescue was completed by 11:40 a.m., so the victim was on the hillside for around eight hours total.

The victim has now been transported to an area hospital.



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