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Vice Commander Gary Hall adjusts the rescue litter’s ropes on the cliff face.

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Rushing to the rescue

Search and Rescue volunteers test rigging in a deadly canyon

The metal basket jerked side to side then suddenly fell free, sliding down the rocky 300-foot cliff in a remote canyon north of Roosevelt Lake. I clutched the camera to my chest. Strapped in like a mummy, I was helpless to do anything but take a picture.

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