Late Sunday night, Wasatch County received an agency assist request from Uintah County. Three climbers with limited experience were exploring a cave when one individual fell and was gravely injured. Uintah County doesn’t have a certified High Angle Rescue Team, so help was called in from Wasatch SAR, as well as crews from Utah and Salt Lake counties, the Utah Cavers Association and National Cavers Association.
According to authorities, rescuers had to rappel in several areas to get to the injured man. Two rescuers stayed by the man's side throughout the night to render medical aid as the other teams prepared for the incredibly technical 12 hour rescue.
The victim had to be secured onto a backboard litter and had to be completely immobilized due to his injuries. Rescue teams then slowly brought him out of the cave, which had steep drop-offs, loose debris and narrow sections where only one person at a time can squeeze through.
The Wave would like to give the Wasatch County SAR team a well-deserved pat on the back for quickly responding to those in need, even when the call comes from outside Wasatch County.
We are certainly glad we don’t need their help often. But when we do need it, it’s good to know we have such a well-trained team on our six.