Man falls 30 feet; rescue takes more than 2 hours

    3:16 PM, May 26, 2013   |    comments
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    BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Authorities say a man fell about 30 feet while rappelling with friends Saturday morning.

    It happened on Jamestown Mountain near the Wildlife Refuge. According to Captain Sam Russell of the Batesville Fire Department, the rescue effort took more than two hours because the area is so remote.

    Rescue workers had to lift him back up the mountain in a basket, haul him out by ATV, load him up in an ambulance and ultimately fly him out by helicopter.

    The man suffered two broken legs and a broken arm, but he was awake and talking to rescue workers the entire time according to Russell.

    The victim's condition at this hour is unknown. His name is being withheld.

    (Source: Batesville Fire Dept.)

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