Firefighters rescue another hiker on Camelback Mountain

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on May 5, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Updated Friday, May 6 at 8:10 AM

PHOENIX - Firefighters spent another evening working a serious mountain rescue Thursday night.

A 55-year-old woman fell near the top of Camelback Mountain, suffering a broken ankle.

Firefighters hiked up to her and carried her to a helicopter, which flew her down to a waiting ambulance. She was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters say because she fell on the marked trail, she was relatively easy to get to.

"It gets hairy for us when they go free-climbing or off-trail, but there's not always easy access to those areas," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Tony Mure.

Another woman suffered heat stroke on Pinnacle Peak Thursday and also had to be rescued by firefighters.

On Wednesday a man died after falling between 40 and 50 feet while hiking at Camelback Mountain.

Firefighters say these incidents are a reminder to stay on the trail and be careful when hiking.

 

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