A 21-year-old Salt Lake City man died Saturday evening when he fell while hiking alone in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
The man was free climbing at Moss Ledge, about five miles from the canyon base, when he slipped on a wet rock and tumbled 15 feet into a pool of water, according to Salt Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Les Powers.
Other hikers found the man who was conscious and alert at the time. They hiked out of the canyon and called for search and rescue around 7 p.m.
The man died while Life Flight helicopters attempted to hoist him to safety. He suffered head injuries, two broken arms and a broken leg, Powers said, plus the hypothermic effect of the cold water.