Facebook Twitter

6 YOUTHS RESCUED FROM CANYON LEDGES

SHARE 6 YOUTHS RESCUED FROM CANYON LEDGES

Six youths were rescued off two small ledges some 1,000 feet up the walls of Rock Canyon Saturday night.

None suffered injuries. A dispatcher said the most serious physical problem was some possible dehydration.The six, boys between about 12 and 17 years old, were exploring an old mine near the spot where they were rescued, about a half-mile from the mouth of the canyon. A LifeFlight helicopter from Salt Lake City had to be called in. The main ledge is so narrow that the helicopter could only set its front landing gear down as it hovered and picked up the boys.

One of the six apparently got separated from the group about 4:30 p.m. and was in a position where he could hike neither up nor down.

The group yelled and attracted the attention of other hikers in the canyon, an officer said. They summoned help, and police were dispatched just before 5 p.m.

By 7:30 p.m., the helicopter came.

Five group members had said they were able to hike down, but officials worried that they wouldn't be able to before dusk. So, they ferried the entire group down by helicopter.

Police quickly escorted the first three youths away from where the helicopter landed just before 8 p.m. The second group, including the stranded hiker, were down about 8:40 p.m.