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December 20, 2014

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Injured man taken from Bootleg Canyon in helicopter

Injuries aren’t life-threatening but area was too remote for land vehicles, officials said

Bootleg Canyon

A Metro search and rescue helicopter flew an injured man out of Bootleg Canyon today, the Boulder City Police Department said.

At about 11:30 a.m., the helicopter flew the man, who had cut his leg while riding the Bootleg Canyon Flightlines, from the canyon to a nearby ambulance. The flightlines are a tourist attraction -- passengers strap onto a series of zip lines and “fly” across the canyon.

The man had about a ten-inch gash in his right leg, which was not life-threatening, Police Chief Thomas Finn said.

After picking up the injured man, the helicopter landed at Veterans Memorial Drive and U.S. 93, where an ambulance was waiting to transport him to St. Rose Dominican Hospital- Siena Campus.

Representatives for Bootleg Canyon Flightlines declined to comment.

The company bought an all-terrain vehicle for the Boulder City Fire Department to use in case of emergencies at the flightlines, but the injury was too remote in steep terrain, fire Capt. Edward Hulbert said.

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