Rescuers help stranded climbers on Flatiron in Boulder County

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- Tuesday afternoon Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Boulder Park Rangers and other Boulder rescue organizations received reports of a stuck scrambler on the second Flatiron near Boulder.

Ryan Michaels was hiking on the trails when he decided to climb onto the Second Flatiron rock formation and became stuck.

Ryan was unable to go up or down, but he had his cell phone and called 911 for help.

The Boulder County Communications Center at 911 was able to find his location through the GPS in his cell phone.

Also a member from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group was able to speak to Ryan on the phone.

A second hiker in the area, Stephen Schaber, unrelated to Ryan saw that he needed assistance. Stephen scrambled onto the rock to help Ryan, but he become stuck too and also needed to be assisted down.

SkyFOX and FOX31 Denver personnel assisted the rescuers in locating the stranded climbers.

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group members put helmets and climbing harnesses on the stuck scramblers and were able to lower them down the rock to other rescue members.

Video from SkyFOX showed rescuers had reached the climbers who appeared to be OK. They had rigged up some rescue ropes and were working to get them off of the rock face.

Boulder County Sheriff warns climbers to always have the appropriate equipment, bring lots of water, food, a map and let someone know your planned route/activity and the time that you expect to be back.

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