AZ Department of Public Safety busy with back-to-back air rescues last week

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(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
(Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Air Rescue has been busy this past week, after embarking on two separate missions within 15 hours of one another.

“These missions serve as a great example of the variety of public safety services provided through the Department and our partnerships with other first-responder agencies across the state,” AZDPS Aviation Manager Terence Miyauchi said. “Our troopers that serve on our aircraft are highly trained and well prepared to help the citizens and visitors of our great state.”

The first mission took place on Jan. 15 around 3:05 p.m. after DPS received a request from the Sedona Fire Department to assist in helping locate an injured hiker. The hiker was found off the Sedona trail and in steep terrain, immobilized from an ankle injury.

The AZDPS picked up a Sedona fire rescuer who could attend to the injured hiker and maneuvered the helicopter to make the rescue. Both the hiker and the rescuer were taken by helicopter back to the command post where the hiker received medical treatment.

During the time of this rescue, three other hikers became lost along the Ridgeline Trail in the Superstition mountains but weren’t reported as lost until late into the evening on Jan. 15.

Because of bad weather, the mission could not begin until around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 16 when the helicopter set about the West Boulder Canyon area in search of the hikers.

Using GPS coordinates from those reporting the hikers, the AZDPS was able to locate the three people. The lost hikers boarded the aircraft and were safely returned to the command center. 

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