Hiker Falls Off Cliff In Powell County

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 12/15/2013 1:46 am

Crews rescued a man in Powell County who fell off a cliff early Saturday morning at Red River Gorge.

A member of the Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team said a man was on the Auxier Ridge Trail, just off Tunnel Ridge Road.

He said around 9:30 a.m. the man was taking a picture when he slipped on the icy rocks and fell 60 feet off a cliff on Haystack Rock.

Crews said it was a hard rescue because the man fell into a crack and the cliff line was very tight.

It took search and rescue teams from Wolfe, Powell, Menifee and Morgan Counties nearly nine hours to free him.

They said the man did have severe injuries, but was alert and talking during the rescue.

He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

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