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Two Bear Air, Flathead sheriff rescue Oregon man

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HELENA - Two Bear Air rescue and Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry came to the aide of an Oregon man over the weekend who fell off a ledge in a canyon near Helena.

Rescuers say Sean Cleary, from Oregon, fell about eight feet in the Vigilante Gulch area and his brother Patrick called 9-1-1 for help.

"Search and rescue was paged right away they responded they went there with snowmobiles, sleds but the terrain got so bad that [after] about a mile-and-half, they had to abandon all that and walk," Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.

Video from Sunday night shows Two Bear Air out of Whitefish helping to hoist Cleary out of the heavily-forested terrain.

"I mean no rescue is every routine but it's a great resource we have that our philanthropist has made available statewide and regionally. It went well a fairly normal hoist rescue for us, so we're happy that we have the availability to do that," Sheriff Curry said.

The Reach Air Medical helicopter did not have a hoist system so Two Bear Air was called in to help. Sheriff Curry was able to winch Sean up to the chopper.

"But, let me tell you about what went right, is that the brother made the decision to go get help and not try to move him, not try to pull and heroics or do any heroics like that, so accolades [to him for recognizing] it was well beyond their capabilities...[and he] did the right thing," Sheriff Dutton said.

The extent of Cleary's injuries are unknown. He was transported to St. Peter's Hospital in Helena for treatment.

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