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Helicopter used for East Vail rescue

Daily Staff Report

Vail Mountain Rescue staged a helicopter rescue Saturday evening after a man fell 150 feet while climbing in the Bighorn Creek drainage near East Vail.

The National Guard helicopter landed at the Vail Mountain School soccer fields and then flew to a meadow near the site of the injury, which was about five miles from the trailhead, Sheriff’s Deputy Gianni Robinson said.

The climber suffered life-threatening head injuries while with a group that included his wife and another person, Robinson said. One of the people in the party hiked down to the trailhead after the injury and notified authorities at about 5 p.m.

The rescue was still in progress at press time.

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