Authorities rescue man after 150-200 foot fall in Badlands National Park
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — Authorities rescued a 23-year-old man who fell over 100 feet down a rocky crevice in the Badlands on Wednesday night.
The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. when the unidentified male’s vehicle became disabled in Badlands National Park and he began walking. He then accidentally fell between 150-200 feet down a ravine and became wedged between two rocks.
The man was able to call 911 and dispatch managed to locate his coordinates 2.9 miles between Sheep Mountain Road and Bombing Range Road. As rescue crews began moving to the location, officials lost communication with the man due to strong storms over the area that brought heavy rain, wind and lightning.
“Luckily a member of Search and Rescue was able to hear the man’s cries for help during the storm,” said the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in a press release.
After locating him, crews performed a rope rescue to get the man to safety. He was rescued in about three hours from when he first fell into the crevice.
“I commend the members of Pennington County Search and Rescue, Badlands National Park and Rapid City Fire Department! Their quick response and ability to work through extreme weather conditions and mud in the dark potentially saved a man’s life,” said Sheriff Kevin Thom.
Officials did not release the extent of the man’s injuries.