Child airlifted from Camelback Mountain after 25-foot fall

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- An 11-year-old boy was airlifted from Camelback Mountain on New Year's Day.

The Phoenix Fire Department said the boy was racing his two older brothers when he fell about 25 feet down the trail, injuring his head and face.

About 10:45 a.m., rescue crews hiked up Cholla Trail and began treating the boy.

Phoenix Fire used a Firebird 10 airship to airlift the boy from the mountain. Paramedics transported him to a local hospital.

The fire department said many of the hiking accidents it responds to involve people running down trails and losing their footing.

Fire officials are reminding people to hike with a partner, wear proper shoes and clothing, carry a cell phone and plenty of water, and let others know where they will be hiking.