First responders, rescue teams save man who fell in crevasse at Badlands National Park

RAPID CITY, SD. — Multiple search and rescue agencies, first responders and the South Dakota National Guard came together to save a man who had fallen into about a 100′ inaccessible crevasse in Badlands National Park.

In a Facebook post from the Pennington County Fire Service, the Interior Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Norbeck Pass area of the Park around 3:30 on Saturday, October 10 for the report of the fallen man.

When rescue teams and Park Service Rangers arrived, the man was suffering from injuries to his head and lower extremities. Multiple attempts weren’t successful in trying to save the man and take him out of the crevasse with technical rope and other equipment.

The National Park Service then called in the South Dakota National Guard and a Black Hawk helicopter with hoisting capability.  When the helicopter arrived, the man was taken out of the crevasse and transported to the Kadoka Ambulance Service for additional care. He was then taken to Monument Hospital around 8:45 p.m.

Immediate Release


Alarm Time: 3:29 pm

Multi Agency Team Work results in successful rescue.

The Interior…

Posted by Pennington County Fire Service on Saturday, October 10, 2020


There were no injuries reported among firefighters, Rangers, National Guardsmen and other civilians.

The following agencies responded to the call:

Pennington County 911, Interior Volunteer Fire Department, Badlands National Park Service, Kadoka Ambulance Service, Black Hills Life Flight, Pennington Co Fire Service, United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and the South Dakota National Guard.


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