Chopper Plucks Fallen, Unconscious Hiker From Arizona Mountain

Jan 20, 2012 11:14am

Arizona rescue crews used GPS and a helicopter to locate an unconscious hiker and then hoist him to safety from one of the state’s rugged mountains.

The 22-year-old man, who has not been identified, was hiking Piestewa Peak Thursday afternoon with a friend when he went off the trail and tried to free climb the mountain, ABC News affiliate ABC 15 reports.

Piestewa Peak is located in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and, at 2,608 feet, is the second highest point in the Phoenix Mountains

A female friend who chose to stay on the trail became concerned when she made it to the top of the mountain and he didn’t.  She went back down the mountain to search for her friend, but found the 22-year-old instead lying between rocks and unable to move.

“I just started running down there,” said the friend, Haley Henley, who called 911. “He was gushing blood.”

The injured hiker’s precarious off-trail position presented a challenge for rescue crews who eventually had to use GPS pulled from Henley’s cell phone to pinpoint his location, according to media reports.

Thirty minutes later, around 5:45 p.m., a rescue helicopter picked up the injured hiker from the mountainside using a basket, and lowered him down to the base of the mountain where waiting emergency crews took him away by ambulance.

A Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson told ABC15 the man fell approximately 10 feet and was unconscious when firefighters finally reached him.

Authorities did not specify his injuries but said he is expected to recover.

 

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