Rescue teams in Utah work for three hours to rescue a teenager stuck on a hiking trail with a broken femur

By Mitchell Willetts
The Charlotte Observer

UTAH COUNTY, Utah – A 16-year-old was stuck on a hiking trail after a boulder fell and broke his leg, Utah rescue officials told news agencies.

According to a June 15 press release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office, at 7:22 p.m. on Friday, June 14, the group headed to Red Ledges, a hiking area in Spanish Fork Canyon.

A “big” boulder fell and struck the teenager's leg, breaking his femur, officials said, showing video from the scene.

The boy wandered when the boulder hit him, KUTV reported.

It took three hours to rescue the teenager. The video shows how the rescue teams worked into the night in the light of searchlights. As the video shows, a helicopter was also used to rescue him from the difficult terrain.

The teenager was taken to a hospital for treatment, emergency officials said. Authorities have not commented on the teen's condition.

Red Ledges is located about 25 miles southeast of Provo.

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