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Las Vegas Police Officer Dies Rescuing Hiker

Authorities say a Las Vegas police officer fell to his death while rescuing a hiker who was stranded in a forbidden area of the mountains, reports CBS News.

Police offered new details Tuesday on the fall that killed 36-year-old search and rescue officer David Vanbuskirk Monday night on Mount Charleston.

Police could not reach the hiker because the hiker was stranded on a cliff in a remote location. Rescue crews used a helicopter for the rescue.

During the rescue process, Vanbuskirk lowered from the helicopter and retrieved the hiker, who Sheriff Doug Gillespie described as disoriented.

Officials say Vanbuskirk had attached a harness to the hiker who was stuck on a ledge near Mary Jane Falls and had signaled the helicopter above to hoist them both up when he fell.

It wasn't clear exactly how far he fell.

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