2 Hikers rescued from Camelback Mountain

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Firefighters rescued two hikers from Camelback Mountain in separate incidents Saturday.

Phoenix and Tempe firefighters were called to the Echo Canyon trail around 10:30 a.m.

Crews hiked up the trail and found a man who was feeling dehydrated but was in stable condition. Some firefighters treated him and helped walk him down the mountain while others hiked further up the trail to a woman with an ankle injury.

"This is something that these technical rescue teams prepare for all the time," Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan said. "It's actually part of their training regimen, where there's multiple patients, not knowing there's multiple patients, until they arrive."

The woman, who is in her 20s, was airlifted from the mountain.

"Echo Canyon is a very rigorous trail ... and for us to just try to use what we call a big wheel to take her down would have put not only a safety risk for the customer but also the rescuers," Santillan said.

He is reminding hikers to do their research before heading out to a trail and come prepared with a cellphone, food and water. He also recommended hiking with another person.

"The trails, they're very deceiving," he said. "It's beautiful out, beautiful weather; we have a customer still not drinking enough water."

"The TRT teams did an exceptionally great job of just always being prepared and always having their equipment," Santillan added. "They were able to take care of both of these incidents without any worries."