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3 climbers rescued from Maroon Bells climb in Colorado

Posted: 1:16 PM, Jul 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-20 19:16:59Z

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Three climbers have been rescued by helicopter from the Maroon Bells in Colorado.

The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says the rescue occurred Thursday night after three climbers became trapped in a couloir around 6 p.m. after one of the climbers had fallen and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The three were not equipped to spend a night in the area and were unable to get out on their own. Rescuers decided to use a helicopter to get the three down because of the terrain, condition of the climbers and the time of day.

The rescue was completed by 9:45 p.m.

The Maroon Bells are some of the most famous and most photographed peaks in Colorado.