Injured hiker rescued from Bangs Canyon

A hiker who was injured early Tuesday night in Bangs Canyon was carried to safety in an operation involving at least two dozen emergency responders.

Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said a woman who had been hiking with the man called 911 at 6:38 p.m., reporting the injuries. It wasn’t immediately clear how the man injured himself, nor the hikers’ specific location.

A group from the approximately 20 Sheriff’s Department search and rescue volunteers, who were on foot or riding all-terrain vehicles, reached the man around 8:17 p.m., Benjamin said.

According to radio reports, the man had suffered leg, wrist and head injuries.

As of 9:20 p.m., rescuers had placed the man on a backboard and were carrying him out.

Aside from search and rescue team members, the Grand Junction Fire Department was also involved in the search effort.


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