National Guard Mountain Rescue: Caught on Tape

Cameras were rolling during the dangerous rescue of an injured mountain climber.
3:00 | 03/11/14

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You bet. Dramatic rescue caught on camera. A rock climber injured on the side of a mountain pulled to safety by crews rappelling down from a helicopter. ABC's Steve osunsami has that story for us. Reporter: It's amazing what I'm seeing. Reporter: What you're watching is a dangerous rescue. An injured mountain climber outside Charlotte, north Carolina, stuck on a cliff and the drama unfolding on live television. He is dropping down to the area where the injured hiker is. Reporter: The 23-year-old was rappelling off this mountain with a friend when he fell nearly 40 feet. Bouncing off one ledge before landing on another. His friend and another climber nearby called 911. I'm calling 911 right now, man. Burke county, 911. I'm on the side of the mountain and I just watched a climber take about a 40-foot fall had a pretty bad impact. Reporter: Authorities brought in a black hawk helicopter. It was firefighter David Boman on the end of the rope they lowered from the chopper finally reaching the injured climber who was still K. I had a short conversation with the patient, you know, letting him know that we're here, that we're going to take good care of him. Reporter: Captain Chris Hendricks along with another member of the rescue team were also on the ledge. The ledge was small. There was barely enough room for all three of us. Reporter: As they pulled the young man up, the basket started spinning. What they want to do is get it away from the cliff so it does not hit that rock face. This is what we train for and developed a plan in the back of the helicopter and then we executed that plan. Reporter: They took the victim to an area hospital. His injuries critical including broken bones, all from that breathtaking fall. For "Good morning America," Steve osunsami, ABC news, Atlanta.

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