Kingman man recovering after cliff fall in Arizona

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Members of Mohave County Search & Rescue cover the patient as DPS Ranger lands. By Jennifer Thomas Members of Mohave County Search & Rescue cover the patient as DPS Ranger lands. By Jennifer Thomas
MCSO Search & Rescue members take cover behind GVFD unit as DPS Ranger takes off. By Jennifer Thomas MCSO Search & Rescue members take cover behind GVFD unit as DPS Ranger takes off. By Jennifer Thomas
Care-Flight crew and GVFD Firefighter Daniel Burgan prepare the patient for his trip to Las Vegas. By Jennifer Thomas Care-Flight crew and GVFD Firefighter Daniel Burgan prepare the patient for his trip to Las Vegas. By Jennifer Thomas

GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- A Kingman man is recovering in a Nevada hospital after falling about 50 feet while rappelling a cliff in northwestern Arizona.

Mohave County Sheriff's officials say 21-year-old Robert Rodriguez suffered several compound fractures to one of his legs and hips.

He told authorities that he was hiking with two friends and rappelling down to a stream Saturday afternoon when his rope snapped.

The accident occurred in the Black Mountains known as the Dripping Springs near the town of Golden Valley.

Rodriguez was airlifted out of the canyon an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter and transported to a Las Vegas hospital.

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