One Injured in Fall at Garden of the Gods

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WSIL -- One person was injured Friday in a fall at the Garden of the Gods.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday in the area near Devil's Smokestack.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office says Hines Basse, 50, of Laatzen, Germany, fell about 15 feet onto a ledge, injuring his knee, ankle and leg. Basse was flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville for treatment.

The sheriff's office says the entire rescue effort took nearly three hours.

"It takes several minutes for law enforcement and rescue to arrive to the park when someone falls, and it takes even longer to get an injured person to a medical facility, so we urge caution when out on the rock formations," added Sheriff Keith Brown.

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