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Fire department rescues climber in Granite Dells

The Prescott Fire Department rescued a man stranded on a 30-foot rock face in the Granite Dells at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, said Eric Kriwer, division chief and fire marshal.

Prescott Fire's Technical Rescue Team members, two engine companies, a utility truck and a battalion chief responded to a 911 call near Granite Gardens Drive and Highway 89.

Kriwer said two young men had been hiking and climbing rocks when one got stranded and the other called for help.

The rescue team used a rope system, rappelled to the man, and used a "pick off" maneuver to bring him safely to the ground with one of the rescue team members, Kriwer said. No one was injured during the rescue, and the man will not be charged for his rescue, Kriwer said.

Recreational hikers and climbers in the Granite Dells often get into situations they have trouble getting out of, Kriwer said. People need to consider their skills and the time of day, before they hike or climb rocks in the Granite Dells, he said.

"Recreational climbers can get up the vertical rock faces, but often they don't have the skills to get back down," Kriwer said.

Also, hikers should bring flashlights or another light source, because an area you're familiar with in daylight can seem very different in the dark, which makes it easy to get lost, Kriwer said.

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