Dehydrated woman rescued from Camelback Mountain

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 22 at 1:08 PM

PHOENIX -- Firefighters rescued a dehydrated hiker from Camelback Mountain on Sunday.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Tom McCracken said the 61-year-old woman started hiking the Echo Canyon Trail with her son around 8 a.m.

They continued onto the Cholla Trail but called firefighters around 11:45 a.m., after the woman began feeling dehydrated and weak.

Firefighters hiked about a mile up the Cholla Trail to the woman's location and provided her with fluids before airlifting her off the mountain.

"Probably because of her age and the dehydration and the terrain, she would have a difficult time walking down on her own," McCracken said. "It would be just a lot easier on the patient and the crews if we were able to use the Firebird 10 (helicopter) and hoist her off the mountain."

He said the woman would likely be taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

"This time of year, we all know it gets really hot. A lot of times, people don't wear the right footwear, they certainly don't bring enough water, and they really don't anticipate the difficulties in the mountains in the summertime here in Phoenix," McCracken said. "Any time you're hiking and you get into trouble, the best thing to do is call for help."

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