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Dropped phone sends man to crater's edge

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CRATER LAKE, Ore., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Rescue workers say a man who tried to recover a dropped cell phone came within feet of plunging off a cliff into Oregon's icy Crater Lake.

Kevin Harris, 26, of Arizona, was trying to recover a friend's cell phone that had fallen over the edge of the crater near the park's Rim Village, Greg Winfrey, a firefighter who helped rescue Harris Saturday, told The (Portland) Oregonian.

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Harris stepped onto ice covered with fresh snow and slid 200 feet before he could stop himself.

"If he hadn't stopped where he did -- about 20 feet from the edge of the cliff -- he would have gone into the water and he might not be here today," Winfrey said to the newspaper.

Harris, who is stationed at the Oregon Air National Guard's Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, was aided by park ski patrol members and firefighters who rigged a rope system to haul Harris off the rim, The Oregonian reported Monday.

Harris was "scared, cold and embarrassed" but suffered only minor injuries, Winfrey said.

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