LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said a climber was airlifted out of Red Rock Canyon on Friday after the climber fell 40 feet.
"So he came down and bounced off one part of the rock and then slammed his head and body on the bottom half of the rock," said Red Rock climber and witness, Trevor Horton. "If people are climbing and a rope or your gear breaks you'll hear a warning sign like something snapping or breaking. Or something failed. And in this case no one heard anything except him tumbling down."
Horton said several climbers jumped into action to help the man who was badly hurt. People with medical backgrounds began checking his vitals while Trevor helped clear the area and keep him conscious until help could arrive.
Red Rock is expecting more visitors over the holiday weekend. Las Vegas Metro Police is warning visitors to always come prepared.
"It's not unusual for people to have falls, break bones and things of that nature," said Metro Officer Larry Hadfield. "People just need to make sure they have the proper safety equipment. Make sure you get back before sunset or might find yourself in the dark out there."
It was not immediately known what condition the climber was in, or what injuries he had.