A rock climber was rescued Monday after he fell about 40 feet down and landed on his back at Windy Point on Mount Lemmon.

At about 10 a.m., a Pima County sheriff's deputy responded to the Windy Point area in reference to a rock-climbing accident, according to a news release from the sheriff's department. 

A 32-year-old man fell when a rock that was anchoring his gear failed.

The sheriff's department's search and rescue unit, the Southern Arizona Rescue Association, the Mount Lemmon Fire Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety air rescue unit and Life Net responded to the incident.

Rescue units stabilized the man and used ropes to move him up 25 feet to a tree canopy, the sheriff's department said. A DPS helicopter then moved the victim 125 feet to a landing zone at Geology Point.

The man was then transferred to a Life Net helicopter and taken to a local hospital. He sustained non-life threatening injuries. 

Contact reporter Yoohyun Jung at yjung@tucson.com or 520-573-4224. On Twitter: @yoohyun_jung

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