Hiker rescued after falling 100 feet off Oak Creek Canyon cliff

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Harding Point Rescue. (Source:Coconino County Sheriff Dept.) Harding Point Rescue. (Source:Coconino County Sheriff Dept.)
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Authorities in Sedona rescued a man who fell off an Oak Creek Canyon cliff 100 feet Monday.

Coconino County Sheriff spokeswoman Erika Wiltenmuth said the man, a 23-year-old from Chandler, fell just before noon from Harding Point, 15 miles south of Flagstaff. 

Multiple search and rescue crews looked for the man said Wiltenmuth. He was spotted by the Department of Public Safety Northern Air Rescue helicopter approximately 100-200 feet below the rim of Oak Creek Canyon below Harding Point.

A sheriff's rescue team was lowered to the man on the cliff side for evaluation and treatment of his injuries

The rescue team then packaged him in a rescue suit for the trip with the “long-line,” to a safe landing zone. He was then taken to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Wiltenmuth said the man had been camping with a group that had been hiking off trail this morning around a rock outcropping when the the man slipped and fell. He slid approximately 30 feet, rolled, and then fell an additional 50 feet.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident to determine the cause of the fall.

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