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Man who fell into Badlands ravine left trail

Man who fell into Badlands ravine left trail

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The Pine Ridge man who fell down a steep ravine in the Badlands National Park had left the trail, according to an emergency official.

"Kind of a bad decision," said Cliff McClure, fire chief of the Interior Volunteer Fire Department, one of the units that responded. "It was kind of one of them lucky situations, it was an area we could actually work our way into."

McClure and other first responders arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. and found the 35-year-old man had fallen down a ravine near Cliff Shelf Trail.

Responders were able to throw a rope down to get into the ravine to check on the man, according to McClure. The man was placed into a rescue basket and lifted to safety a little after 10 p.m.

McClure, who declined to give the man's name, said the man suffered a dislocated shoulder. He was transported to the Rapid City Regional Hospital by a Black Hills Life Flight team and treated.

Do off-trail accidents happen often?

"We normally get at least one a year," McClure said. "Last year we ended up having three."

Contact Joe O'Sullivan at 394-8414 or joe.osullivan@rapidcityjournal.com

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