Injured Hiker Rescued in Badlands National Park

Rescue at Badlands National Park June 7, 2012


INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) – Officials used a helicopter to rescue a Pennsylvania man who became injured while hiking in Badlands National Park in southwestern South Dakota.
The park says 57-year-old Dave Johnson of Audubon, Pa., injured a leg and his back in a fall Thursday morning and waited hours before being discovered by other park visitors.
Officials with Black Hills Life Flight and the South Dakota Air National Guard responded to help rescue Johnson and fly him to a Rapid City hospital for treatment. The Guard says it was the first live-rescue mission in the state involving the new UH-72 Lakota helicopter.

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