Man falls to his death while rock climbing

CEDAR CITY – A 19-year-old man died Monday evening after falling between 20-30 feet while rock climbing just outside of Cedar City.

At approximately 5 p.m., officers responded to the report of a man who suffered injuries during a fall while rock climbing, the Cedar City Police Department said in a press statement issued Monday night.

The man’s two male hiking companions reported that the man had fallen between 20-30 feet.

Officers arrived and found the man and his two companions on the mountainside approximately 200 feet above state Route 14, which is known as a popular destination for rock climbers, the statement said.

Officers and paramedics climbed to the man, who appeared to have sustained fractures and a head injury from the fall, and attempted to resuscitate him.

The Iron County Search and Rescue Ropes Team responded to assist in getting the man off the mountainside and down to SR-14 where Life Flight was prepared to transport him to the hospital.

However, the injuries suffered were too traumatic, the statement said, and the man passed away prior to being transported.

“At this time there are no indications that this was anything other than a tragic accident,” the Cedar City Police Department said in the statement.

The name of the victim has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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