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Climber rescued after fall from Rims over Billings

Posted at 8:24 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 10:24:49-04

BILLINGS — A climber was rescued from the Rims in the Devil's Kitchen area by Billings emergency responders Tuesday night.

Billings Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Johnson said the man in his 20s had fallen while rappelling in an area near Swords Park with two other climbers.

Dispatch received a call about 8:30 p.m. from a caller who thought the climber had fallen and suffered a broken leg. Johnson said he suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Three Billings firefighters spent about an hour rappelling down and hauling the man up, Johnson said. Firefighters had trained in that exact area within the last couple days, and the rescue "went off without a hitch," Johnson said.

After the rescue, firefighters moved to their second call of the night- a 30-pound dog trapped about 20 feet from the top of the Rims near the staircase by Montana State Unversity-Billings, Johnson said.