Hiker injured in rockfall near Moab


GRAND COUNTY (ABC4 News) –  A hiker was critically injured Wednesday when a boulder dislodged and fell on top of him.

Grand County EMS was dispatched to the Fisher Towers area on the report of a hiker hit by a boulder. The 911 caller reported that a basketball-sized rock came loose from a cliff above and landed on the hiker.

Officials said the hiker sustained life-threatening injuries. A medical helicopter was requested and denied due to poor weather conditions. Grand County Search and Rescue eventually evacuated the hiker after about 3.5 hours.

The injured hiker was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction in critical condition.

Rescuers saw several other rockfalls during the operation. They remind the public to be cautious if hiking during recent rainstorms.

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