Rock climber injured in fall at Castleton Towers
by Lisa J. Church
staff writer
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A Georgia woman was seriously injured Wednesday, March 20 during a fall while rock climbing at Castle Rock. Tierney O’Sullivan, 22, of Roswell, Ga., was scaling the Kor-Ingles route at the popular climbing site also known as Castleton Towers, when she fell approximately 20 feet and struck the cliff side, according to Grand County Sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal.

O’Sullivan received injuries to her right leg, right arm, hip and pelvis and was unable to move, Neal said in a news release. The accident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., Neal said.

O’Sullivan was rock climbing with a group of people who contacted authorities for help. The members of her climbing party remained with her, holding the belay rope and providing support until rescue and medical personnel arrived at the scene, Neal said.

Grand County Sheriff’s deputies, Grand County Search and Rescue and Grand County Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene. A Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was used to transport rescue and medical personnel to reach O’Sullivan. She was later transported by Careflight helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., for treatment, according to Neal.






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