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Rescuers rappel into Linville Gorge to save climber

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LINVILLE GORGE, N.C. — National Guard members pulled a climber to safety in a dramatic rescue effort Monday at Linville Gorge.

The rescue happened at Shortoff Mountain in Pisgah National Forest.

According to WSOC, the Blackhawk helicopter arrived at the scene and hovered over the spot where a 23-year-old climber fell between 20 and 40 feet.

Emergency crews were already on the mountainside with the climber, but needed additional assistance from the National Guard.

A National Guard crew member dropped down from the helicopter and crews worked to open up the backboard and secure the climber.

After the successful effort, the crew members and climber were pulled to safety.

The helicopter flew to a nearby landing zone and the hiker was taken to an Asheville hospital.

There is no word on the hiker’s identity or condition, but rescuers said the mission was a success.

The men on the rescue team came from different departments and different backgrounds but they all had the same goal Monday — to reunite the man with his family in the best condition possible.

They are a part of the North Carolina Helo-Aquatic Rescue Team and have more than 60 successful rescues.

Read more: WSOC