Crews rescue injured man from cave after 12 hours

Published on January 09, 2018 at 11:37AM

VERNAL, Utah (AP) — Crews spent 12 hours rescuing a California man who fell while exploring a Utah cave.

The Deseret News reports Uintah County Sheriff’s Cpl. Brian Fletcher says the man and three friends on Sunday were exploring Little Brush Creek Cave in the Ashley National Forest near Dinosaur National Monument, when the man slipped and fell approximately 50 feet (15 meters), breaking both of his arms.

It took one of the man’s friends about an hour to get back to the cave entrance where he was able to call 911 about 9 p.m.

Sheriff’s officials say crews were able to bring the injured man to the surface just before 10 a.m. Monday. He was flown to a hospital to be treated for multiple injuries.