Hiker falls near Virgin River Gorge

ST GEORGE, Utah (ABC4) – A hiker was airlifted to St. George’s Hospital after falling 60 feet near the Virgin River Gorge on Saturday.

Officials say they received a notification from a personal locator beacon (PLB) with a message that a 47-year-old climber had fallen about 60 feet with injuries and needed help.

The hiker was south of Virgin River Gorge on the Arizona strip in a slot canyon.

Search and rescue was activated and began responding to the location of hikers.

Officials said due to the remoteness of the hikers’ location and the severity of his injuries, Kingman’s Mercy Air helicopter and Western Air Rescue AZDPS helicopter responded.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team walked to the injured man and administered first aid until he could be transported to advanced medical attention. Police said Washington County Search and Rescue Services also helped transport him about 100 feet to the AZDPS helicopter, where he was loaded through the cabin and then transferred to a staging area where the Mercy Air helicopter transported him to the hospital for further treatment of his injuries.

The injured hiker’s current condition is unknown at this time.