California man rescued after 50-foot fall in cave

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UINTAH COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – A California man was rescued after he was seriously injured when he fell about 50 ft. while climbing inside the Little Brushcreek cave system.

The cave system is located in north Uintah County.

The 24-year-old man and three of his friends were exploring the case on Sunday when he fell. One of his friends found his way out of the cave where he called 911 just after 9 p.m.

Initially, Uintah County Sheriff deputies, Uintah County Search and Rescue, Vernal Fire Department and Gold Cross responded.

After learning that the injured man was several hundred feet inside the cave, additional resources were called out. Crews from Wasatch County, Utah County, Salt Lake, as well as members from the Utah Cavers Association and National Cavers Association responded to assist in the rescue effort.

Two rescuers, a member of Vernal Fire and a member of Uintah County Search and Rescue, were able to make it to the injured party during the night and stayed throughout while efforts were coordinated to get the injured party and his friends out of the caves.

Around 9:50 a.m. on Monday the injured man was rescued and brought out of the caves. It is estimated that he and his friends were approximately 500 feet inside the cave system when he fell.

He was airlifted from the scene to the Wasatch front for treatment of multiple broken bones and trauma. The man’s family says he’s in the hospital in critical condition.  A GoFundMe page has been set up by family to help raise money for his medical expenses. 

Two other individuals with the party also had to be rescued, but were not injured.

The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the many agencies who helped in the search and rescue.

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