Phoenix man rescued during hunting trip in Yavapai County

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An injured hunter was airlifted and treated at base camp before being airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center. By Andrew Michalscheck An injured hunter was airlifted and treated at base camp before being airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center. By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- A Phoenix man had to be rescued after injuring himself on a hunting trip in Yavapai County.

On the evening of October 28, a 37-year-old man was reported missing by members of his family. The family said the man had gone hunting early that morning, but had yet to return to camp.

The family said the man and three other people had been walking to the bottom of Wet Beaver Creek Canyon when they decided to split into groups of two.

When they reached the floor of the canyon, the man and his companion reportedly decided to split up.

The man’s companion returned to camp after dark and said he thought the man had gotten lost in difficult terrain.

Deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spoke with a hiker who said that other hikers had seen the man and provided him with food and water.

A search for the man began, and a DPS Ranger Helicopter team located what appeared to be a signal fire that was likely started by the missing man.

A crew hiked in to the area of the fire and located the man.

The man told rescue crews that he had fallen from a rock and landed on the binoculars that were strapped to his chest.

The man said he blacked out after the fall, and woke up to abdominal pain and pain in both legs. He added that he started a fire to keep warm, and when he heard a helicopter he lit a piece of paper on fire and began waving it to attract rescue crews.

The man was airlifted and treated at base camp before being airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said people should avoid hunting and hiking alone. For a list of outdoor safety tips, visit www.fs.fed.us/recreation/safety/safety.shtml.