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Hiker rescued after North Cheyenne Canon Park fall

Hiker's friend talks about the accident

Springs firefighters always ready for hiker rescues

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A teenager who fell 50 feet while hiking in Cheyenne Canyon Friday afternoon has been rescued.

The teen fell from the Buffalo Canyon Trail, and landed about halfway up Silver Cascade Falls, according to the fire department.

A friend he was with said the pair were walking across wet rocks when his friend slipped.

One saving grace, they were on the trail and not in an unpopulated spot.

"People were walking by and they helped us," said Tanner Wilson. "We stopped the bleeding on his chin and head."

The Colorado Springs Fire Department and El Paso County Search and Rescue worked together to bring the teen down to safety.

Two Springs fire stations, 5 and 13, are used to these specialized rescues in the woods that sometimes require high-angle rescues to get a patient back on a trail.

"This is fairly typical for this area where they slide down the falls," said Captain Don Hawley of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Hawley said most people suffer leg or ankle injuries on similar falls. Generally, rescue crews are called to North Cheyenne Canon Park once every two weeks, though they admit that summer is usually their busy season.

Firefighters said the man who fell Friday was sent to the hospital with a leg injury and various cuts. They said his injuries are non life-threatening.

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