Transcript for Blackhawk Helicopter Pulls Rocky Mountain Climber to Safety
Keep them going. Now to the daring and dramatic mountain rescue caught on tape. A man is extremely lucky to be alive this morning after he slipped and fell coming down a 14,000-foot peak in the rockies. A helicopter arriving to pull the climber to safety. Linzie janis is here to tell us the story. It took a team of 20 rescuers and a highly trained helicopter pilot. This morning, the chimer is back at home after spending nearly a week in the hospital. A rescue mission so daring, it had to be completed many minutes. Watch at this helicopter approaches a narrow shelf near one of colorado's highest peaks. Hovering 2.6 miles above ground. As two rescue workers help 60-year-old richard walker to safety after he plunged 50 feet. He was bleeding from the nose and the mouth pretty profusely. And gasping deeply. Reporter: This morning, he's recovering at home after suffering a broken jaw and broken back. I feel very, very lucky to be alive. I don't remember the slip. I don't remember falling pip just remember waking up. Reporter: He and his chiming partners had just summited the more than 14,000-foot peak. Five minutes into their descent, walker slipped. I saw his feet up in the air, cart wheeling down. I heard his head hit the rock. And, uh -- it was horrific. Reporter: Emergency dispatchers gave wilder first aid instructions. But the pair were still out of the chopper's reach. It was very disheartening to see the helicopters fly away and realize that they probably would not get back. That was a difficult, lonely -- soul-searching time. Reporter: They had no choice but to move down the mountain on foot. Luckily, at that moment, another group of climbers showed up with equipment to inch walker closer to ground. It took them four hours to reach the chopper. Walker says he won't be hiking up any mountains that size again. His climbing partner says it scared him off as well. The pilot of that helicopter is a trained member of the colorado national guard. He trained all over the world. He had the one wheel on the rock. And the propellers that close. Lucky he was there to save him.
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