Hiker rescued from Bookcliffs after falling 60 feet

GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. A midnight hike on the Bookcliffs turns into a 4 hour long rescue mission this morning.

The Grand Junction Fire Department along with Mesa County Search and Rescue were called to save three college-aged people hiking on rugged terrain in the Bookcliffs around 2 am after one person fell 60 feet and had extensive injuries.

The GJFD launched their technical team and a high angle rope rescue was involved.

CareFlight airlifted the injured person to a Grand Junction hospital, where they are expected to survive.

While it has not been determined why they were hiking at 2 am but officials at the fire department suggest staying away from drugs and alcohol when trying to navigate trails around the area.


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