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March 10, 2014

Climber injured at Crowders Mountain State Park

A climber fell at a popular recreation area at Crowders Mountain State Park on Monday and had to be rescued by emergency personnel.

A climber fell at a popular recreation area at Crowders Mountain State Park on Monday and had to be rescued by emergency personnel.

Someone called 911 around 6:30 p.m. and said someone fell while climbing near the Backside trail, the shortest and steepest route to the top. The caller told dispatchers the climber was bleeding and dangling from the rope unconscious about halfway from the top of a cliff.

Chris Stowe, a spokesman for the Gastonia Fire Department, said the climber had life-threatening injuries. Authorities had not released the climber’s name.

Emergency personnel from several departments were at the scene, including the Gastonia and Crowders Mountain fire departments and Gaston Emergency Medical Service.

Stowe said crews had to drive to the top of the mountain, hike several miles then use a rope-and-pulley system to lower the basket to the injured climber.

It was the second time a climber had been injured rappelling on Monday. Rescue crews were lowered onto a cliff in Linville Gorge to save a climber who fell off a mountain in the Burke County wilderness earlier Monday.

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