Woman stuck overnight on cliff in Papago Park

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 4:14 PM

PHOENIX -- Fire crews rescued a woman who was unable to get down from a 100-foot cliff at Papago Park and was stuck overnight.

Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe fire units responded to Papago Park near Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street at approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The woman told rescuers that she had been up on the mountain since Wednesday morning. She said other hikers noticed her Thursday morning and called 911.

Personnel from the Technical Rescue crews made a plan to rappel using ropes and gear and perform a supported rescue pick-off.

"This is a technical rescue scenario," said Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Larry Nunez. "Technical Rescue crews are highly trained for this type of incident and this rescue proved how effective and safe it was."

The woman, who is in her 30s, was uninjured. She reportedly was traveling in the area and went for a hike. Nunez said she didn't have any food or water with her.

The woman was given a ride home after being evaluated by paramedics on scene.

"I got to watch the stars, watch the sunset, it wasn't that bad," she said from the back of an ambulance.





 

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