A Duke University student from Sierra Vista who disappeared after rappelling into a cave on Fort Huachuca was rescued yesterday after about a 24-hour search.
David Shipman, 20, was taken by helicopter to University Medical Center in Tucson, Fort Huachuca spokeswoman Tanja Linton said.
UMC said Shipman was in serious condition and underwent tests last night.
Shipman, who was home from school on spring break, went hiking Thursday with two friends in a remote area of the Huachuca Mountains.
The cave is toward the fort's west gate, Linton said.
Shipman, an ROTC cadet, told his friends he was going to rappel into a cave on a sheer cliff for about a half-hour. When he failed to emerge 90 minutes later, one friend went for help.
About 170 law enforcement and rescue personnel from the fort, Cochise and Pima counties and from the U.S. Border Patrol were at the site through yesterday afternoon, when rescuers, including paramedics, brought Shipman out of the cave, Linton said.
The area is inaccessible by vehicles, and because of high winds, a Black Hawk helicopter from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 305th Air Rescue Squadron flew rescuers to the site. (...)
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