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SHERIDAN (WNE) — Search and rescue personnel confirmed a man died after a climbing accident in the Bighorn Mountains.

The Johnson County Law Enforcement Center received a 911 dispatch July 7 at approximately 2:15 p.m. stating that a climber had fallen on Black Tooth Mountain in the northwest corner of Johnson County.

The reporting individual was the climbing partner of the victim. He stated it had taken approximately 45 minutes for him to climb to the area where he had cellphone reception.

He indicated the victim had sustained head and shoulder injuries during the fall. The climbers were at approximately 12,000 feet.

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Due to the victim’s injuries, Casper Life Flight was notified and immediately responded, and Johnson County Search and Rescue ground crews headed into the area.

Upon arrival of life flight in the area, they were able to locate the victim but terrain hazards prevented them from landing. A second helicopter had been requested from Sublette County Tip Top Search and Rescue. It arrived on scene along with three search and rescue members.

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