2 women rescued from Camelback Mountain


by Mike Gertzman


Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

PHOENIX -- Two women had to be rescued from Camelback Mountain on Monday afternoon.

One woman had a dislocated shoulder. The other woman had an injured ankle.

Phoenix Firefighters hiked up to the women and determined that a helicopter would be the best option for getting the victims off the mountain.

"We sent crews up early with the big wheel but they were so far up and the weather the way it is fortunately we had Phoenix PD available, their air unit available, Firebird 2," said Battalion Chief David Nunez with the Phoenix Fire Dept. "They were able to bring both of them down from our upper LZ (landing zone). Saved a lot of time, a lot of heartache and got them down here quick."

Nunez did not know exactly how the women got injured. They refused treatment and transport to the hospital.

As with all of these situations in the summer, the weather was a big concern.

"Initial crews heading up called down and asked for additional water because they were losing a lot of fluids heading up," said Battalion Chief Nunez. "It is very humid today. The sun isn't out but the humidity -- it will get you twice as fast."

Nunez has some advice for mountain hikers. "If you think you're starting to feel taxed it's time to stop, take a break and just come back down."

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