UPDATE: Hiker rescued from southern Utah ravine

UPDATE: Hiker rescued from southern Utah ravine

IVINS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A man who has been missing for 2 days in the southern Utah wilderness has been found alive, but injured. Rescuers pulled Jim Williamson from a deep ravine Tuesday using a helicopter and ropes.
Williamson rescue at Red Mountain (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Williamson rescue at Red Mountain (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Southern Utah wilderness (Marshall Connelly, ABC 4 News)
Southern Utah wilderness (Marshall Connelly, ABC 4 News)
Williamson rescue at Red Mountain (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Williamson rescue at Red Mountain (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
IVINS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A man who has been missing for 2 days in the southern Utah wilderness has been found alive, but injured.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Jim Williamson of Salt Lake City was found by searchers using a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter.

They located the man at the bottom of a ravine. A sheriff's department spokesperson says Williamson left for a short hike over the weekend, but called 911 on Sunday to say he'd run out of water and needed help. Searchers could not locate Williamson or reach his cell phone for the rest of the night and all day Monday.

The spokesperson says Williamson had fallen into the ravine and was seriously hurt when the helicopter searchers located him. Williamson waved to the helicopter.

Search and rescue teams were working to get Williamson out of the ravine located along the Gunsight trail Tuesday morning.

Williamson, who is an experienced hiker, had phoned family members as to his intentions and whereabouts before he fell into the slot canyon on Sunday.

Although experienced, Williamson was not familiar with the trails surrounding Red Mountain, according to officials.

Williamson was rescued after the DPS helicopter landed atop a tall rock formation overlooking the ravine. He was then lifted out of the ravine by rescuers using ropes and pulleys.

He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical center in critical condition. Williamson's condition was later upgraded to serious but stable.

Washington County Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers, BLM Rangers, Zion Canine, Iron County Sheriff's Office and members of their Search and Rescue, Ivins City Public Safety, Snow Canyon State Park Rangers, Utah Department of Public Safety Helicopter, and a private helicopter searched throughout the day Sunday and Monday for Williamson without any success. A group of private citizen volunteers from Ivins also assisted in the search.

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