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Injured climber rescued after fall at Joshua Tree National Park

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Dec. 19, 2011 at 7:59 am |
December 19, 2011 8:00 am

From the National Park Service:

A 65-year-old man fell 30 feet and suffered injuries to his lower extremities while rock climbing in the Saddle Rock area on the afternoon of Friday, December 16th.  Rangers learned of the accident around noon. Ten members of JOSAR, the park’s search and rescue team, responded. They were assisted by emergency personnel from San Bernardino County Fire Engine 36, Morongo Basin Ambulance, and a Mercy Air helicopter. The victim was carried from the base of Saddle Rock to the park road, where he was loaded into an ambulance and taken a short distance to the Oyster Bar parking area for medical transport by Mercy Air to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs. Ranger Mike Shuman was IC.

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