Stranded climber rescued from mountain

The Associated Press

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NEBO — Rescuers used a Black Hawk helicopter to get to a climber who fell from Shortoff Mountain in Burke County.

Emergency Management Director Mike Long said the unidentified 23-year-old climber was conscious and alert when rescuers from the Charlotte Fire Department reached him Monday afternoon. Long said the man fell about 50 feet.

Long said one rescuer rapelled down the mountainside, while another rescuer came down from the helicopter to reach the victim, who was lifted into the helicopter.

The helicopter was dispatched through the N.C. Division of Emergency Management from an Army National Guard unit in Rowan County.

Charlotte Fire Capt. Mark Basnight said the climber was taken to Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

Shortoff Mountain is near Linville Gorge, and its steep face is popular among rock climbers.