Hiker, firefighter recovering after mountain rescue

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PHOENIX -- A 62-year-old man is in the hospital and a firefighter is recovering after a long rescue operation on Camelback Mountain Sunday afternoon.

A group of recreational hikers had gone up the mountain earlier in the day, said Capt. Troy Caskey of the Phoenix Fire Department.

When the group was coming back down, the man fell about 20 feet into a rough area scattered with boulders.

"He sustained a number of injuries, including head injuries and some back injuries," Caskey said.

The hiker, whose name has not been released, was taken to a trauma center. At last check, he was listed in serious but stable condition.

The rescue took several hours. It took so long that one of the firefighters on the operation became dehydrated. He was put on an IV and taken to the hospital. He is expected to recover.

Sunday's high was 96 degrees, making it the warmest day of the year so far. That's just four degrees off the record high for this day, which was set in 1989.