Emergency responders assist in the rescue of a fallen motorcyclist Saturday morning, St. George, Utah, February 4, 2023 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell Cashin
ST. GEORGE-A collision alert sent from an Apple Watch led first responders to a motorcyclist who fell about 150 feet from the edge of a cliff on Saturday in southern Utah.
Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell Cashin said the incident happened around 10 a.m. Saturday morning when the dispatcher received a crash trigger from an Apple Watch in the southern Warner Valley area near the Arizona border.
Deputies were called in to assess the validity of the appeal. As they approached the area, a call came in from a witness who reported seeing a man on a motorbike fall off a cliff.
Search and Rescue were activated, along with the Hurricane Valley Fire Department, Life Flight and a DPS Star 9 helicopter responding to the scene to rescue the fallen man.
“Apparently he was on a motorbike, he was on the edge of a cliff – I was told later – and he stopped and put his foot down and there was nothing there. And he went there,” Cashin said.
Cashin said the St. George motorcyclist fell about 40 to 50 feet and hit a ledge, which he and his motorcycle both hit.
He then fell another 80 to 100 feet down a “scree slope”.
Life Flight was unable to land due to the crash site. Unable to use a winch, the high-angle rescue team set up ropes and the crews began rescue measures. It took emergency responders about four hours to stabilize the man and get him into the Life Flight helicopter. He was later transported to St. George’s Regional Hospital in critical condition.
Cashin said the man was showing signs of neurological issues yesterday. He had no update on his current status.
This report is based on statements from the police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions.
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