20-year-old man flown to hospital after 45-foot fall in Bells Canyon

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 10:05 p.m. MDT

Rescuers and Life Flight use a hoist to fly a 20-year-old man out of Bell Canyon after he fell near the lower falls on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SANDY — A 20-year-old man was transported by helicopter to a local hospital after he fell about 45 feet off the lower falls into water in Bells Canyon about 6 p.m. Saturday.

The man, who was conscious and talking, was in fair condition during the transport by medical helicopter, said Unified police detective Jared Richardson.

The man may have suffered head injuries. He had cuts to his chin and head, indicating he may have struck something during the fall or sustained injury when hitting the water, Richardson said.

Rescue crews hiked about 1 ½ miles to the man. He was lifted out of the canyon in a basket hoisted to a medical helicopter about 7:30 p.m.

— Marjorie Cortez

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