Injured hiker rescued from Phoenix mountain in big-wheel operation

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix Fire Department technical rescue team was called in to help a woman who was injured while hiking Tuesday morning.

Phoenix Fire Department units received an emergency call at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a mountain rescue near 24th Street and Shea Boulevard, according to Capt. Benjamin Santillan.

A 44-year-old woman was hiking alone when she fell and hurt her knee.

The technical rescue team arrived and made their way up to the hiker. They used a big-wheel operation to bring the woman down the mountain.

She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Santillan said the rescue took less than 20 minutes.

The Fire Department reminds hikers to have a cellphone, hike with a buddy and take enough water.