Published: April 7, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A 30-year-old rock climber is in the hospital and is expected to recover after he was struck by a falling chunk of sandstone over the weekend.
The Kane County Sheriff's Office said in a Sunday statement the Colorado man began climbing Lake Powell's Gregory Butte Saturday morning.
Officials say he fell to the end of his rope after grabbing a faulty rock anchor.
They say he was hanging on by his harness when a rock loosened by the anchor fell from above, hitting his helmet.
The climber's friends called police from a boat below.
A team of police agencies reached the man by helicopter before flying him to a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Officials say the experienced climber had serious injuries but did not give further details.