Rescue team aids stranded climbers

Mesa County Search and Rescue technical team members helped two climbers who became stranded on Independence Monument on Wednesday night.
Spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the Sheriff’s Department received a call at 9:15 p.m. that two people had run out of rope and had become stuck while rappelling down the 450-foot rock formation in Colorado National Monument.
Technical team members reached the stranded pair and brought down one of the climbers, a woman, at 10:50 p.m. The other climber, a man, was still awaiting rescue at 11:10. Neither party was injured.
The age and identity of the climbers was not known. They had been using headlamps during their climb, Benjamin said.


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