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Man Rescued From Park Cliff Ledge

Navajo National Monument

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On Wednesday, June 2nd, Navajo Police received a missing person report at the White House overlook area.  They notified monument staff and rangers began a search along the canyon rim. After several hours, the missing person, a 21-year-old Navajo man, was found. He had wandered down a rocky slope, where he fell and slid and became stranded on a ledge approximately 80 feet below the rim in an area west of the White House overlook parking lot.  The distance to the canyon bottom below the ledge on which he was stuck is approximately 100 feet. Rangers and watershed crew members responded with Navajo Police officers and medical personnel from the Indian Health Services. Park rescue personnel set up a rappel belay to reach the man.  A Z-rig pulley system was employed to bring him back up to the canyon rim, where he was transported to the Chinle Hospital by ambulance.  In early 2009, Grand Canyon NP provided technical rope training for park, Navajo Police, and Chinle Fire Department personnel.



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