Injured hiker airlifted from South Mountain

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PHOENIX -- A man was airlifted from South Mountain on Saturday after injuring his ankle, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Capt. Aaron Ernsberger said crews were directed to the man by other hikers and found him about two miles up the trail. They stabilized him until the helicopter arrived.

The man's wife, Heather, said he went hiking with their dog and told her where he was going to be.

"That's a real big important topic when you are going somewhere," Ernsberger said. "Whether you're hiking or you're going camping, make sure you communicate those places of interest that you're going to be at."

Ernsberger wasn't immediately sure how the man injured his ankle, and Heather described her husband as a regular hiker.

"It's a mountain and in Phoenix people think it's unassuming, but these mountains are real rocky," Ernsberger said.

Heather encourages other hikers to always bring their cellphones.

"I just want to thank the Phoenix Fire Department for reaching out to me and walking me through this," she said. "It is scary for anyone."