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Sedona crews rescue man from sinkhole

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 23, 2016

Sedona officials say crews worked tirelessly for five hours last weekend to rescue a man who fell into a sinkhole near Bear Mountain.

Sedona Fire District got an emergency call from a remote part of the Coconino National Forest before 1 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17.

A man had reportedly tried to enter a natural sinkhole by hanging onto a tree limb, but when the limb broke, he dropped 20 feet inside the hole.

Officials say the sinkhole measures about 50 feet deep, 100 feet wide and 200 feet long. 

It took crews several hours to reach the man due to steep angles, limited lighting, difficult terrain and ice, but a rappel system helped one of the officials into the hole to provide medical assistance.

The patient was rescued after 5 a.m. and was taken to the hospital with injuries to his lower body.