Crews, helicopter rescue trapped hiker from cliff in northwest Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Fire and Rescue crews helped rescue a hiker stranded on a cliff in northwest Huntsville on Sunday.

Officials said the man was hiking through rocky terrain near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway and Jordan Lane when he got stuck.

"He had actually got to a point from the bottom up that he couldn't go any further and he actually couldn't go down either," said Capt. Frank McKenzie. "His cell phone actually had died when he was calling on the phone, and so we took crews out to evaluate the situation."

Alabama State Troopers and a state helicopter were also utilized in the rope rescue, as the man was lifted off the cliff to safety.

The hiker was not injured.

McKenzie added that his department spent the summer practicing rope rescues with state troopers for cases like this. This was their first time implementing those drills.

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