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Pine-Strawberry firefighters help an injured Prescott college student who fell at a Fossil Creek waterfall over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The man’s four friends helped rescuers carry him out more than a mile to the trailhead.

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Fossil Creek rescue was painful experience

A slippery lip got the better of a college wrestler Sunday who fell from a Fossil Creek waterfall and broke his femur. The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student from Prescott was jumping into a pool from a lower waterfall with several other friends when he slipped and landed on a ledge instead of a deeper pool. The impact likely broke the man’s femur, said Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Commander Bill Pitterle. Being a busy holiday weekend and the remote, rocky location of the accident, it took rescuers some time to reach the man, and several more hours to carry him out.

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