Phoenix Fire: Man 'combative' during technical mountain rescue

PHOENIX - Phoenix technical rescue crews had to repel down part of a mountain Sunday morning to rescue a man who was stuck on the side of a steep cliff.

A spokesman for the Phoenix Fire Department said a man had somehow climbed up the mountain and was stuck on a steep ledge that didn't have any hand or foot holds available.

The victim reportedly added to the difficulty of the rescue by being combative towards the rescue crews, according to Phoenix fire officials.

An official said if the man would have slipped or fallen, he would have fell approximately 300 feet and would have been severely injured or possibly killed.

The man was successfully removed from the mountain and transported to a local hospital. It is not known why the victim was combative or in that specific spot on the mountain.

The rescue took about two hours to complete.

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