Man clinging to 200-foot cliff in Utah saved

SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities say a 23-year-old man clung precariously to a rocky cliff 200 feet above ground for two hours before somebody finally heard his cries for help early Friday.

A gas station worker heard the man yelling at about 2 a.m. and called 911. That set off a rescue by firefighters who climbed above the man and rappelled down to get him safely off the cliff, said Jason Asay, a Fire Department spokesman. A spotlight helped them find him during the overnight operation.

The man, whose name authorities are not releasing because he has not been charged with any crime, told firefighters he decided to go on a night hike at about 9 p.m. Thursday. It is unclear how exactly he got himself stuck on the cliff. He had his feet in a secure spot and his hands were grasping some rocks above.


‘‘He was hanging tight. He was in a tough spot,’’ Asay said. ‘‘It was pretty much 200 feet straight down.’’