Hikers rescue Gilbert teen from cave on Mount Lemmon

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
PCSO deputy Stinson administers first aid to the injured boy. By Jennifer Thomas PCSO deputy Stinson administers first aid to the injured boy. By Jennifer Thomas
Pictured are some of the citizens who helped rescue the boy. By Jennifer Thomas Pictured are some of the citizens who helped rescue the boy. By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Fellow hikers helped rescue an injured teen from a cave on Mount Lemmon in southern Arizona Saturday afternoon.

The 16-year-old Gilbert boy was found inside Pepper Sauce Cave, along the north side of Mount Lemmon. Mason Carpenter was approximately 50 feet deep in the cave when he fell, severely injuring his leg, according to Elias Johnson with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Johnson said the group fashioned a splint from nearby tree branches to support Mason's leg. Using a plastic picnic table as a stretcher, they secured the boy with a tarp and carried him from the cave to the nearby trailhead to meet first responders.

A PCSO deputy administered first aid but could not determine if Mason's leg was broken or dislocated. The teen showed signs of shock and hypothermia and was airlifted to a Tucson hospital.

He went back to school on Monday.