Two hikers rescued in McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Two hikers rescued in McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Two hikers rescued in McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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by Jayson Chesler

azfamily.com

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 6:30 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale and Phoenix fire departments responded to two separate rescue incidents within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, according to a press release.

At around 10 a.m., rescuers were dispatched along the preserve's Gateway Loop trail for a 72-year-old man who had grown weak and was unable to get down the mountain.

15 minutes later, they received another call, this time about a hiker on the Tom's Thumb trail. 2 women started the hike at 7 a.m., but one of them got tired and dehydrated, so they called 911.

A Firebird helicopter was sent out to find the hikers. They were found, from the air, on the east side of the preserve. Both hikers were brought to Scottsdale Fire Department paramedics, who were waiting at the trail head.

To avoid incidents like these, the Scottsdale Fire Department sent out a few reminders for hikers. In the release they said to hike with a partner, drink and bring plenty of water, bring a cell phone for emergencies and to hike in the morning when it's still cool out during the summer.

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