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Cache County rescuers retrieve injured hikers

Impromptu skiing » Two hurt when tennis-shoe slide down slope goes awry.

By Bob Mims

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jun 23 2014 07:12 am • Last Updated Jun 24 2014 08:44 am

Cache County Search and Rescue crews worked through the night to rescue two Logan hikers early Monday who were injured while sliding down a snow-covered slope.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said a group of half a dozen young male and female adults were hiking in the vicinity of Mount Logan late Sunday when they decided on impromptu "skiing" in their tennis shoes down the snow-covered slope.

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One 21-year-old male lost control and slid through snow and rocks for about 1,000 feet and off a 15-foot dropoff, sustaining head and facial injuries. A second 21-year-old male suffered a suspected broken ankle when he tried to reach the victim.

At 9:05 p.m. Sunday, the group called 911 for help. Rescuers located the hikers at 10:35 p.m., assisted the uninjured back down the mountain and began administering first aid to the injured hikers.

"It took a long time to get them back up. We had to use more than 1,000 feet of rope on a 50 percent or better incline," Peck said.

By 6:30 a.m. Monday, the first injured hiker had been taken to McKay-Dee Hospital by helicopter and was later reported in fair-to-serious condition. In addition to his facial and head injuries, he suffered from hypothermia due to the cold mountain night and the light clothing he and other members of the group were wearing.

The second injured man was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital and treated for his ankle injury.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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