Published October 05. 2014 8:26PM, Updated October 05. 2014 8:29PM

Ledyard — A young man was seriously injured late this afternoon when he fell off a cliff while hiking on Lantern Hill around 5:30 p.m.

Life Star helicopter transported the hiker to Hartford Hospital.​

The man was conscious and alert by the time he was transported to the hospital, according to Ledyard Fire Company Chief John Doucette. His name was not immediately available.

He said the man was walking with two friends on the face of a cliff in the area of the former Silica Mine when rocks gave out from under him and he fell approximately 15 or 20 feet. The incident took place about a mile off the road, he said, in a remote location not accessible by vehicles. One of the hiker’s friends called the fire department and led them to the injured man.

Locating the man and transporting him to a helicopter require rigging, anchors, ropes, a rescue basket and an ATV, according to Doucette, who said it took about an hour to remove the hiker. The helicopter landed inside the silica mine.

The Ledyard Fire Company and Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company were assisted in the rescue effort by Ledyard Ambulance, North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company, L+M Paramedics and the Mashantucket Fire Department.