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Injured Visitor Rescued From Park Canyon

Badlands National Park

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On July 18th, rangers were dispatched to a report of two park visitors trapped in the canyons below the Big Badlands overlook. Upon investigation, they determined that one of the two people – Michael Hilton – had fallen and fractured his lower leg. The park’s technical search and rescue team responded and rescued both visitors without incident. This was the third technical rescue at this same location this year. The two visitors were part of a group from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They had scrambled down one of the overlook canyons and begun exploring the deep crevices below the overlook when Hilton lost his footing, fell, and fractured his leg. Hilton was transported to the Rapid City Regional Hospital were he was treated and released. The rescue was complicated by the extreme narrowness of the crevice and vertical slope of the cliff sides.



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