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Hiker rescued from 200-foot cliff

A 23-year-old man clung to a rocky cliff 200 feet in the air for two hours early Friday before a worker at a nearby gas station heard his cries and he was rescued, authorities in Salt Lake City said.

The man, whose name was not released because he had not been charged with a crime, told firefighters he decided to go on a night hike about 9 p.m. Thursday. He was rescued uninjured with the help of a spotlight about six hours later.

It was unclear how he got stuck on the cliff, where he had his feet in a secure spot while his hands grasped rocks above.

"He was hanging tight. He was in a tough spot," Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jason Asay said. "It was pretty much 200 feet straight down."