Helicopter rescue team hoists injured rock climber to safety

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A sheriff’s rescue helicopter hoisted a rock climber with an ankle injury off a ridge near Idyllwild, authorities said Sunday, June 13. The injury was reported Saturday afternoon near a boulder known to rock climbers as “Fingertrip” in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said the man “had a possibly broken ankle” after falling 15 feet and was rescued from a hard-to-reach spot at an elevation of about 7,300 feet. The mountain climber was flown to awaiting paramedics at a nearby U.S. Forest Service base for further treatment.
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