Holland hiker rescued from ledge of Arizona's Bell Rock

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(Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)
Bell Rock rescue near the Village of Oak Creek. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office) Bell Rock rescue near the Village of Oak Creek. (Source: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

A hiker from Holland was rescued after he got trapped in a crevasse 60 feet below the top of Bell Rock, a popular tourist attraction in Arizona. 

The 17-year-old boy was able to call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Sunday morning and notify dispatchers of his predicament.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the teen perched on the ledge of the butte, north of the Village of Oak Creek.

The chopper placed members of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team, Back County Unit, on the top of Bell Rock.

The team successfully reached the boy and the helicopter carried him to safety.

The hiker had only been wearing shorts, sandals and a baseball cap. He had no food or water, sheriff's deputies said.

Later that day, the rescue team aided in locating two men who had been dropped off at the Bear Siding camping area outside of Paulden so they could tube down the Verde River.

When darkness fell and they had not arrived at a predesignated location, a friend called to report both of them overdue.

Deputies checked a downstream bridge crossing and located one of the pair, who had been yelling for help, at about 10 p.m.  He was in good condition, deputies said. 

The DPS helicopter found the other man nearly a mile downstream from the Bear Siding camping area.

The DPS crew landed but the man refused their assistance. Two members of Back County Unit convinced the man to accept their help. He was escorted to safety and brought to his Chino Valley home. He had been wearing only swim trunks and had no means of communication.

The Forest Patrol supervisor said there was high probability of flash flooding around the Verde River during the time of the rescues.

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