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Search And Rescue Called Out After Man Falls 150 Feet On Cottonwood Ridge

Oct 18, 2020, 4:48 PM
The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team was called out after a trail runner fell abou...
The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team was called out after a trail runner fell about 150 feet from the ridge line east of Dromedary Peak. (Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue)
(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue)

ALTA, Utah — The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team was called out after a trail runner fell about 150 feet from the ridge line east of Dromedary Peak.

The team responded to the call around 10:40 a.m. Saturday.

The trail runner and a partner were attempting the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup when the runner slipped on snow or ice and fell onto a slope high above Lake Blanche, sustaining significant injuries.

The partner called for help, and then hiked down to “provide comfort [to the man] until help arrived,” according to the search and rescue team.

Rescue # 54: Injured Hiker on the Cottonwood RidgeCallout Time: 10:40 AM 10/17/2020Duration: 5 HoursSLCOSAR…

Posted by Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Sunday, October 18, 2020

A medical helicopter was called in due to the extent of the man’s injuries and where he had fallen. Rescue teams were also sent out on foot.

Life Light located the two men and determined some help was needed to prepare the runner for transportation.

He was eventually stabilized, loaded into a bag, and flown to the landing zone near Storm Mountain for treatment. He was then taken to a trauma center.

Later, the Life Flight crew returned to the mountain to pick up the runner’s friend and a search and rescue team member who had stayed behind.

The entire rescue took approximately five hours.

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Search And Rescue Called Out After Man Falls 150 Feet On Cottonwood Ridge