Crews rescue injured ice climber in Lee Vining Canyon

A California Highway Patrol helicopter hoists an injured ice climber out of Lee Vining Canyon on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Screenshot courtesy Mono County Sheriff's Office Facebook)

A 64-year-old man was taken to a Reno hospital Monday after search-and-rescue members rescued him from Lee Vining Canyon, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Office.

In a statement released on Facebook, the sheriff's office said its search and rescue team was called out at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, for an injured ice climber.

The climber fell about 40 feet while at Chouinard Falls in Lee Vining Canyon, according to the sheriff's office.

Five search-and-rescue members hiked from a bridge on Highway 120, while two others were lowered from a California Highway Patrol helicopter.

The climber was carried to a place where the helicopter was able to hoist him, and he was transferred to Care Flight in Lee Vining, then flown to Reno.

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