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Stranded climbers rescued after 48 hours on Acker Rock

A pair of rock climbers are safe following a harrowing two days in the Douglas County wilderness that came to an end with the help of rescuers from Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Technical Rope Rescue Team descended 800 feet down Acker Rock in Douglas County Thursday, helping lift two 20-year-old men back to the top of the rock face after 48 hours with minimal water and supplies, and no food, according to a post Friday evening on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Douglas County Search and Rescue called for Jackson County’s rope team to assist them in rescuing two men stuck on the rock face.

The Jackson County team rappelled down the rock-climbing destination near Tiller and helped bring the men back to the top of the rock face with no injuries.

The sheriff’s office encourages anyone lost or injured in the wilderness to call or text 911 as soon as they need help so rescuers find the location as quickly as possible.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Technical Rope Rescue Team works to rescue two stranded climbers on the face of Acker Rock in Douglas County Thursday. The climbers were brought to the top uninjured. JCSO photo