Hiker rescued from Red River Gorge

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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 9:02 AM

STANTON, Ky. (AP) — A hiker is recovering at University of Kentucky hospital after being rescued from Red River Gorge.

WKYT-TV (http://bit.ly/IPJ1wa) reports rescue crews worked for hours on Saturday to rescue the man, who was injured when he fell 60 feet down a cliff.

Eddie Connor with Wolf County Search and Rescue says the hiker slipped and fell into a deep crevice where he was lodged between two large rocks.

"They were setting up camp and he stepped on an icy rock and slipped and fell off," Conner said.

The location of the injured hiker made it difficult for rescue crews to reach him.

"It took us about an hour just to hike in and then a couple hours on scene to get him out and then a couple more to hike him back up. It was a mess," said John May with Wolfe County Search and Rescue.

It took a group of 20 rescuers more than eight hours, but they were able to get him out alive.

"I fully expect him to make a recovery from this. He's very lucky. When you fall 60 feet like that it's typically a fatal fall so he was very lucky," May said.

The hiker, whose identity wasn't released, is recovering at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington.

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Information from: WKYT-TV, http://www.wkyt.com

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