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Emergency crews rescue man trapped on cliff edge in Little Belt Mountains

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 14:14:10-04

A man was rescued Monday night after becoming trapped on a cliff edge.

Belt Rural Volunteer Fire Department reported that several agencies were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. to a report of an uninjured individual who was trapped on the edge of a cliff.

The 40th Helicopter Squadron located out of MAFB lowers a man safely to the ground after rescuing him from a cliff edge. (Courtesy: BRVFD)

The person was hanging on to a root after the loose ground he was climbing slid. The incident took place near Logging Creek Campground in the Little Belt Mountains, according to BRVFD.

A team from Belt Fire climbed to a safe location and determined crews could not reach the person without specialized equipment.

The 40th Helicopter Squadron out of Malmstrom Air Force Base then conducted an air rescue and the person was brought to safe ground.

The man was checked out by BRVFD, who determined he was not injured.

Responding agencies including BRVFD, MAFB, Belt Ambulance, the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Cascade County Search and Rescue, Mercy Flight, and Great Falls Emergency Services.

In a Facebook post, BRVFD thanked “the crew of Blade 61 and all those who were behind the scenes to make such a great rescue in the dark of night in a rugged, mountainous area!”