Hiker rescued near York after falling off of cliff - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

Hiker rescued near York after falling off of cliff

Posted: Mar 12, 2018 6:32 PM Updated:

A 22-year-old man was rescued Sunday after falling off a cliff in the York area near Vigilante Campground northeast of Helena.

According to rescuers, Sean Cleary, from Oregon fell about 8 feet.

Sean's brother Patrick Cleary called 911 for help.

"Search and rescue was paged right away, they responded, they went there with snowmobiles, sleds, but the terrain got so bad that about a mile and half they had to abandon all that and walk," said Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.

When Lewis & Clark Search and Rescue arrived, they reported that the terrain was treacherous and had to walk about 3 miles to get to location of the injured hiker.

"I mean no rescue is ever routine but it's a great resource we have that our philanthropist has made available state-wide and regionally. It went well, a fairly normal hoist rescue for us so were happy that we have the availability to do that," said Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry.

REACH Air Medical did not have a hoist system, so Two Bear Air from Flathead County was called in to help.

Sheriff  Curry was able to wench Sean up to the chopper.

"But, let me tell you about what went right, is that the brother made the decision to go get help and not try to move him, not try to pull and heroics or do any heroics like that, so accolades," said Dutton.

Officials did not have an update on how serious Cleary's injuries were; he was taken to Saint Peter's Health in Helena for treatment.

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