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WAYNE COUNTY -- Searchers recovered the body of a 70-year-old Colorado Springs man Saturday who fell 100 feet while rappelling in Wayne County.
According to Tal Ehlers with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, the man had been hiking with another man in No Man's Canyon near Hanksville Friday. Family members became concerned when they hadn't heard from the hikers, and search and rescue was called out around 4:30 p.m.
A Utah Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the search, which was called off late Friday night and resumed Saturday morning. Searchers spotted the two men around 11 a.m. Saturday.
Ehlers says the other hiker -- a 57-year-old man from Tennessee -- was flown to a Moab hospital where he was treated for dehydration. The name of the victim will not be released until the family is notified.
Colorado man killed in rapelling accident; brother is rescued
BY SHEENA MCFARLAND
The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Mar 13 2011 12:57PM
Updated 8 hours ago
A Colorado Springs man died and his brother was stranded for days after a
rapelling accident at No Man's Canyon near Hanksville.
Louis Cicotello, 70, died from his injuries. His 57-year-old brother, David
Cicotello, of Tennessee, was stranded on a ledge for at least three days after
his brother fell. The two brothers had not contacted their family during their
weeklong trip, and a concerned family member called search-and-rescue Friday.
Crews of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and the Wayne County Search and
Rescue team set out at 4:30 p.m. Friday, assisted by a helicopter from the Utah
Highway Patrol. They combed the area for the men, but stopped after dark. The
search resumed early Saturday. At 11 a.m., crews found the two men.
David Cicotello, who had no way to get down from the ledge, was taken via
helicopter to Moab Hospital for medical evaluation. He had run out of water but
was in "very good condition, considering the situation," said Tal Ehlers, of the
Wayne County Sheriff's Office.
"We so completely appreciated having a helicopter in the area because there is
zero radio communication in those slot canyons," Ehler said. "[David Cicotello]
didn't have a way to communicate, but even if he had, it wouldn't have worked.
Had his family not called, he himself would have perished."
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