26-year-old with broken leg survives overnight in slot canyon

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EMERY COUNTY (News4Utah)- A 26-year-old is safe after officials say he spent the night stranded in a slot canyon with a broken leg.

Around midnight Wednesday search and rescue crews were called to the trailhead of the Ding & Dang Canyon in the San Rafael Swell near Goblin Valley after the missing man’s father reported his son had not returned from his hike.

Crews began searching up each canyon after finding his vehicle around 2 a.m.  They say they found him about two miles from the trailhead.

Sheriff Funk with Emery County Sheriff said crews had to maneuver through difficult terrain to rescue him.

 “Not only did rescue personnel respond during the middle of the night, but they also waded through very cold water in the slot canyon, which was chest deep at times, ” he said. “The skills of the helicopter crew were incredible as they hovered in a very tight section of the canyon to hoist the injured man out,” Sheriff Funk explained.

The Nephi man is recovering at a local hospital. Crews say all-in-all it was nine hours between the time the call came in until he was loaded on the ambulance.

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