A man who hiked in the foothills north of Salt Lake City on Sunday survived after collapsing from a cliff more than 30 metres high. He was stuck on the ledge for several hours after losing his phone.
The 29-year-old traveller was reportedly walking at the foot of Ensign Peak, slipped and fell down. “He made the mistake of getting too close to the edge, slipped and rolled halfway down the base of the cliff into a rock quarry,” said Salt Lake City Fire Battalion Chief Mark Bednarik.
The department said the man, who has not been identified, injured his pelvis and leg in the fall. Unable to move, he remained on the ledge for five hours after losing his phone, a homeless group heard him screaming and called emergency services. Rescuers were able to get him out with the help of special safety harnesses.