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Firefighters rescue climber near Garden of the Gods

June 6, 2018 Updated: June 6, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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Colorado Springs firefighters worked Wednesday morning to rescue a climber who fell as far as 60 feet on rock formations north of Garden of the Gods. (Via Twitter, @CSFDPIO)

A 25-year-old man was seriously injured Wednesday when he fell as much as 60 feet while climbing rock formations north of Garden of the Gods.

The fall was reported just after 9 a.m. near Glen Eyrie in the 3800 block of North 30th Street.

The climber was brought down by Colorado Springs firefighters, who described his injuries as "serious."

He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. No information was released about the nature of his injuries.

The man didn’t need a permit to climb in the area because he was with a group there, said Fire Capt. Brian Vaughan. He was wearing proper climbing gear, but something went wrong.

Colorado Springs has one of the nation's few fire rescue teams with experts in climbing and mountaineering. They find themselves busy this time of year as climbers from novices to experts flock to the rocks in and around Garden of the Gods.

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