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Man critical after fall while rappelling at Calico Basin

Updated March 13, 2023 - 11:57 am

A man had to be airlifted to the hospital Sunday afternoon after he fell while rappelling at Calico Basin, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The 57-year-old fell while rock climbing in the area, which is just outside the scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and was taken to University Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition, according to a statement from Metro.

Metro Search and Rescue was called at 4:54 p.m. and performed a “one-skid loading operation,” meaning only one side of the helicopter touched the ground, while they rescued the man.

It wasn’t clear how the fall occurred.

A video posted on Facebook appeared to show emergency workers placing the man on a stretcher before moving him onto the helicopter.

Contact Justin Razavi at jrazavi@reviewjournal.com. Follow @justin_razavi on Twitter.

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