JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK — A Burbank man suffered serious injuries when he fell 30 feet while rock climbing at Jumbo Rocks around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Colin Campbell, 26, was climbing a route known as Spider-Man when he fell to the ground. The climber, who was wearing a helmet, apparently flipped upside down and hit his head, the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Team reported.
Witnesses called 911 and reported the incident.
Campbell was several hundred yards from the nearest road in steep and rocky terrain. San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel hiked into the location, along with Joshua Tree Search and Rescue volunteers and park rangers. Morongo Basin Ambulance personnel also responded.
They found Campbell suffering from serious injuries. He was unresponsive but breathing, and would need to be rescued by a hoist from above, according to JOSAR and the Sheriff’s Department.
Air Rescue 07, a helicopter jointly operated by the county sheriff’s and fire departments, was called in to perform the hoist rescue.
Sheriff’s Cpl. Michael Gilley and Deputy Gordon Yee hovered over the location as Deputy Steve Miller lowered flight nurse Kenney Lard approximately 100 feet down into the location, the Sheriff’s Department reported.
Campbell was secured into a basket and hoisted into the helicopter, followed by Lard.
Once in the helicopter, Deputy Melanie Munns, another flight nurse, began treating Campbell.
The crew flew Campbell to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment.
JOSAR recommends climbers consider a chest harness when climbing, as well as a sit-harness, to keep a climber upright in the event of a fall.