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Photographer rescued after fall from bluff

An Arkansas photographer survived a 30-foot fall last week and was rescued because he was able to contact emergency personnel through a GPS device.

The story was published today in the Harrison Daily Times and reported by KATV Channel 7 News in Little Rock.

Ed Cooley, 49, of Rogers, fell from the top of Twin Falls in the Richland Creek Wilderness Area in Newton County (Arkansas). The fall occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, but it was 8:45 p.m. before the first group of rescue personnel were able to reach the injured man, and at around 9:30 a.m. on Friday they were able to bring Cooley out of the remote area. He was flown via helicopter to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville.

According to a blog post by Travis Williams, Cooley's son-in-law, the photographer suffered a broken collarbone, shattered ankle, and a pelvic fracture.