Hiker injured after encountering bees

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on June 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 9 at 5:40 PM

PHOENIX -- A dramatic rescue of a young woman in her 20s took place Sunday at the Papago mountains.
 
“She encountered some bees, fell down and had an isolated ankle injury,” said Capt. Larry Nunez with the Phoenix Fire Department.
 
She couldn't get off the mountain on her own, so she was harnessed for safety by rescue crews then escorted down the mountain.
 
“Our units and Tempe units had to bring her across the face of the mountain to a safe point where they can assist her down and that's what they ended up doing is assisting her down,” said Capt. Nunez.
 
Once off the mountain, the woman was greeted by an overwhelming emergency response crew.             
 
“Obviously it's hot, make sure you have plenty of water, there are bees out there and apparently this young lady discovered some, so we're asking just to be careful on the trails be aware of your surroundings. If you see something on the trail and you need to come back, please do so because it's getting hot and take care of yourself out there,” said Capt. Nunez.
 
With just a hurt ankle and a couple of banged up knees the woman is expected to be fine.

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