Five rescues over weekend near FlagstaffPosted: Updated:
FLAGSTAFF - The following is a press release from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office:
Coconino County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel were busy during the past weekend with two missions conducted on Friday, September 26th and three missions on Sunday, September 28th.
On Friday morning Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputies, Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Flagstaff Air Rescue Unit responded to a report of an overdue hunter near Marshall Lake. Ground and air searches were conducted and at approximately 1400 hours the overdue hunter was located at the Circle K store on Lake Mary Road.
On Friday evening at approximately 7:30 p.m. Coconino County Sheriff's Deputies and Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel responded to a report of a lost hiker in the area of the Arizona Trail off of Old Walnut Canyon Road. Cell phone contact was made with the adult male hiker and based on the description of his surroundings a search was initiated on Campbell Mesa. The hiker was located by Search and Rescue crews at approximately 9:45 p.m. and was in good condition. He was assisted in hiking out of the area and was returned to his vehicle.
Early Sunday morning at approximately 2:00 a.m. Coconino County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at Midgley Bridge. The vehicle was determined to be associated with a campsite at Cave Springs Campground. A check of the campground revealed that the campsite was empty except for a tent. Additional investigation of the campsite and the vehicle resulted in a search and rescue operation to attempt to locate the occupants of the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle, two adult women, were identified by documents found inside the vehicle. Several trails were searched in the area and at approximately 6:30 a.m. the two subjects from the vehicle were located walking down the Wilson Mountain trail. According to the two hikers they left the designated trail the day before and at nightfall they decided to stay in place and wait for the sun to rise. Neither woman required medical attention.
On Sunday evening at approximately 6:30 p.m. Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputies and Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue personnel responded to a report of an injured hiker on the Kendrick Peak Trail. Deputies and SAR personnel hiked up the trail to the patient's location and assisted in evacuating her to the trailhead where she declined additional medical treatment.
Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil and the men and women of the Search and Rescue Unit would like to remind hikers to be prepared for the unexpected. What was planned as a day hike or hunt can rapidly turn into a survival situation. Hikers and hunters should carry basic survival equipment to take care of themselves while awaiting rescue if an emergency occurs. Hikers and hunters should always leave detailed trip plans with a trusted person in case an emergency occurs. While cell phones are a good back-up they do not always work in the rural areas of Coconino County and should not substitute for good preparation and judgment.