EL PASO, Texas — Authorities in El Paso have rescued a 69-year-old hiker who fell about 30 feet into a canyon about a mile up in the Franklin Mountains.

El Paso Fire Department officials say they were dispatched Sunday morning to Red Rock Canyon after fellow hikers called 911 to report a hiker had suffered serious injuries in the fall. A rescue team arrived about 30 minutes later and summoned a helicopter because of the extent of the hiker’s injuries.

The injured person was evacuated and taken to a hospital about two hours after the initial call and a search and rescue team escorted the rest of the hiking party off the mountain.

The operation involved about 25 people from the El Paso fire and police, Texas Parks and Wildlife and nearby Fort Bliss.

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