SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A hiker is in serious condition Monday after falling 100 feet in Bell Canyon.
It took five hours for crews to rescue the hiker.
The hiker, a 23 year-old man, fell from a waterfall around 3:30 pm in the lower portion of the canyon. A friend called 911 for help.
“We don't know exactly what the terrain was that he fell down if it was a straight fall or if there was some kind of a decline to it,” said Lt. Justin Hoyal, Unified Police.
Where he landed proved to be a tricky spot for Sandy City Fire and Salt Lake County Search and Rescue to reach him.
“There's large boulders up there, it's a small trail, it's steep in some areas,” said Deputy Chief Bruce Kline, Sandy City Fire.
36 crew member hiked 2.5 miles up to reach the hiker who was still partially in the water, injured, but alert.
Getting him down proved even more challenging. A medcal helicopter tried to hoist him up, but strong winds kept that from happening-- leaving the only option for crews to hike him out.
“They'll lower him to a section, have to set up a completely different section of rope, and lower him some more,” said Kline. “Just to be safe to make sure there are no other injuries, they have to build some systems to help him down.”
Crews were able to get the hiker to a lower section of the trail by 8:30 pm. Calmer winds allowed for a helicopter to fly him to IMC where he is being treat for leg, shoulder and minor head injuries.