RAPID CITY, S.D. — First responders used ropes to rescue a Rapid City man who fell 150 to 200 feet into a ravine in Badlands National Park during a thunderstorm Wednesday evening, July 24, according to a news release from the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.
Photographs taken by the sheriff's office show that rescuers set up bright lights, rappelled down the ravine and brought the man back up in a litter, the Rapid City Journal reported.
The 23-year-old man started walking in the park after his car broke down, the release says. He called 911 around 9:30 p.m. after falling into a rock crevice and becoming wedged between two rocks near the Sheep Mountain Overlook.
"As the rains, wind and lightning picked up, law enforcement lost communication with the man," the release says.
But a member of Pennington County Search and Rescue heard the man's screams, and the man was rescued around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
The man was taken by ambulance to the Rapid City hospital in stable condition, according to the sheriff's office.