Teenage boy rescued from side of mountain

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A teenage boy had to be rescued from the side of a mountain Monday night during a dramatic and risky nighttime rescue. That teen is now safely on the ground.

Rescuers were called to the Buffalo Ridge Quarry, right next to Buffalo Ridge Park, near 16th Street and the 101, at around 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Both helicopter and ground crews were called in to help the 16-year-old boy who got stuck on the mountain. He had apparently been hiking with a teenage girl when he found himself unable to get down. The girl was able to make it to the foot of the mountain and call for help.

"What we have is a young man who found himself in a very bad spot tonight," says Phoenix Fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs. "He was in a very precarious situation."

Teams of rescuers had to rappel down to reach the stranded teen on the side of the mountain. They then strapped him into a safety harness, and managed to lower him to the ground.

"We set up a system, a rope system with our technical rescue operators, very well-trained," says Jacobs. "We had one of them rappel down to him and actually get him in a harness. That was our biggest concern, that he might slip or fall before we got there."

Chopper 3 was overhead, and we watched live as as the rescue teams reached the boy. The location where he was stranded was steep and precarious, and crews were concerned about sliding rocks during the rescue.

This is an area not safe for hiking, and in fact is considered private property. Firefighters say the teen should not have been on the  side of that mountain at night, especially without proper gear.

"This is an actual quarry site, several hundred feet deep," says Jacobs. "He found himself in a very awkward position on the side of what was basically a rocky outcropping in an area he shouldn't have been in at this time of night and without the proper climbing gear."