Father and son rescued from Camelback Mountain


by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 7:03 PM

PHOENIX -- A man and his 5-year-old son were rescued by helicopter after getting stranded on Camelback Mountain on Thursday afternoon.

"They were hot. They were tired and they were definitely in a bad spot," said Capt. Bobby Dubnow with the Phoenix Fire Dept.

The hikers, who are from out of town, got off the Cholla Trail and ended up on a steep, rocky treacherous spot on the mountain.

The father called for help on his cellphone.

Rescuers from the Phoenix Fire Department determined a helicopter would be the best way to get the two to safety.

First the dad was hoisted up to the helicopter with a harness and rope. Then the boy, carried in the arms of a rescuer, was lifted off the mountain.

"I just told him to look around," said Capt. Dubnow. "We talked before we went up. I kind of explained exactly everything that was going to happen. He was very brave, never really got scared and hopefully he'll have a great story to tell some of his buddies"

The Chicago-area family had no comment after the rescue but did say they were okay.

Emergency crews have executed more than 70 mountain rescues around the Valley this year. That's nearly twice as many rescues as they preformed all of last year.