Homeless man rescued after fall down 6-foot-slope

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis firefighters and paramedics made a difficult rescue Saturday after a homeless man was injured in a fall down a 6-foot embankment.

IEMS medics first arrived on the scene to find a 46-year-old man complaining of back pain after falling down a slope during the night. The man had managed to climb back up the slope and into his makeshift tent, but did not call 911 until Saturday morning.

Medics called for IFD crews to assist in retrieving the man, whose tent was located at the bottom of a steep, ice and snow covered embankment. Crews employed a low-angle rope and stokes basket system to bring the man up the 25-foot embankment.

Officials said the man was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in good condition.

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