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Rock climber flown to hospital after falling from cliff

Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 02:42:54-05

Officials with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department says a 30-year-old man is now recovering in the hospital after a 10 to 15-foot drop off a cliff Sunday afternoon.

Emergency responders were called to the west fork of Cold Springs Trail around 4 p.m. where they found the man with major injuries.

Captain Dave Zaniboni says the man was climbing with a rope, but the rope allowed him to drop about 15 feet. The climber ended up on a ledge halfway down the cliff, which made it difficult for rescue crews to reach him.

A helicopter hoisted the man up and flew him to Cottage Hospital.

Two Santa Barbara County engine companies, Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Montecito Fire Department, AMR, and a Santa Ynez Air Support unit responded to the incident.