Injured hiker rescued from Camelback Mountain



Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 1:43 PM

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PHOENIX -- A hiker was rescued from Camelback Mountain on Christmas day after sustaining a head injury, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

A woman in her 50s was hiking on a trail with other people when she fell in a rugged, technical area of the trail and hit her head, according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs.

The rescue was called in about 11 a.m., and the woman was found near the summit of the mountain.

Fire crews found her in serious condition. They stabilized her and moved her to an area where she could be airlifted from the mountain, Jacobs said.

A Firebird 10 airship was used to extract the woman from the mountain. She was then flown to a landing zone, where ground crews continued medical treatment and transported her to a hospital.

The rescue took about two hours to complete.

Jacobs said she was wearing appropriate hiking gear.