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Helena Fire Department rescues climber on Mount Helena

Posted at 4:52 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 18:52:50-04

HELENA — On Friday evening around 5:00 p.m. the Helena Fire department was dispatched for a rescue on Mount Helena.

A male climber had attempted to climb up the rock face on the West end of the 1906 trail and had become stuck on a ledge.

The climber was not utilizing climbing equipment and decided to call 911, with the assistance of a friend who was below on the trail.

The Helena Fire Department used their Polaris 6x6 UTV to shuttle rescuers and equipment to the top of Mount Helena, then they paged Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue to respond to assist.

Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue responded with multiple members and ATV's, along with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Department.

The climber was eventually located with the responders determining the best course of action was to anchor from above, deploy a rescuer to the climber, then hoist both up off the rock face.

Multiple members from the Helena Fire Department were called in off-duty to assist and with the help of Search and Rescue they were able to hoist the climber and the rescuer to safety.

The climber was uninjured and was brought down to the parking area at 8:45 p.m.

Photos courtesy Lt. Owen Koeppen