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Utah Climber Rescued After Being Trapped in Cliff Face Crack for 12 Hours

A man climbing a cliff face in Utah’s Indian Creek Climbing Area was rescued 12 hours after he slipped and got his knee stuck in a crack.

The climber, unnamed by authorities, slipped and got stuck at around 8 p.m. Friday while attempting the Generic Crack route, according to San Juan County Search and Rescue.

Attempts by his climbing partners to free him failed, which is when the all-volunteer agency was called, SJCSAR posted on Facebook.

San Juan County rescuers flew to the top of the cliff with the help of private company Classic Air Medical and rappelled down the face to the stuck climber, attempting to free the man for hours before calling for backup from Grand County Search and Rescue.

The climber was eventually freed and brought down to the ground on Saturday after being trapped for 12 hours. He incurred only minor injuries, SJCSAR said.

The Indian Creek Climbing Area is east of Canyonlands National Park.

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