Mountain climber injured in fall rescued near Sedona

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(Source: Sedona Fire DIstrict) (Source: Sedona Fire DIstrict)
(Source: Sedona Fire DIstrict) (Source: Sedona Fire DIstrict)
(Source: Sedona Fire DIstrict) (Source: Sedona Fire DIstrict)

A difficult rescue ended Sunday when crews managed to reach an injured mountain climber stranded in steep, rugged terrain west of Sedona.

It took more than three hours to reach the man who was incapacitated in the area of the Capitol Butte and Thunder Mountain trails in the Coconino National Forest.

Hikers reported hearing someone yelling for help just before 2:30 p.m.

Sedona Fire District crews arrived and a helicopter from the Arizona Department of Public Service helped them locate the climber.

Rescuers initially had trouble finding the victim due to conflicting reports of his location off the trail system.

It took rescuers almost an hour and a half to locate and climb 700 feet in elevation just to reach him.

A rescuer repelled from the helicopter on a 150-foot rope to reach the climber and fly him to safety.

The victim was hiking and climbing in the area of Thunder Mountain off the designated trail system when he fell and suffered injuries that made him immobile.

“Without the DPS helicopters available statewide or the necessary skills sets our personnel are trained in, it would have taken us through night to eventually bring this patient down safely, Battalion Chief Dave Cochrane said.

The climber was taken to a local hospital.

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