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HIGHLAND PARK (KDKA) — A man had to be rescued from a steep hillside in Highland Park on Thursday afternoon.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials say emergency crews were called to Butler Street around 3:15 p.m. for a report of a man who had fallen down a steep hillside near the Pittsburgh Zoo.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found a 31-year-old man had fallen about half a mile down a lightly wooded hillside.

highland park hillside rescue Crews Rescue Man Who Fell Over Steep Hillside While Trying To Take A Shortcut

(Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety)

According to EMS District Chief Jeffrey Meyer, the space to rescue the victim was tight and because of the 45-degree angle of the hillside, crews used ropes and a basket to get down the hillside to the victim.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Officials say he only suffered minor injuries to his shoulder.

He told officials he fell while “trying to take a shortcut home.”

It took crews about an hour to rescue the victim.