Lost hiker rescued from Piestewa Peak

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A hiker was airlifted from Piestewa Peak Wednesday night after becoming lost on the mountain, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Firefighters were called around 8:10 p.m. for a report of a lost hiker.

"We went to the top and then all of a sudden, we started hearing somebody screaming for help," said Gilbert Rodriguez, who was hiking with a group. "That's when we tried to communicate with him, and then finally the other guy that was up there with us, he decided to call 911."

Rodriguez said the hiker told the group he was not hurt but couldn't find his way back to the trail.

Crews located the hiker by helicopter and airlifted him off the mountain. Phoenix Fire Capt. Mark Vanacore said the department did not send ground crews due to the low visibility at night and the steep, rugged terrain.

Vanacore said the uninjured hiker declined further assistance and transport to a hospital.