Phoenix firefighters rescue 2 injured hikers on Camelback Mountain

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 3:27 PM

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Fire Department was called in to rescue two people on Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Trail Thursday morning.

Firefighters responded to Echo Canyon at around 10:30 a.m. after getting a call from a man in his 20s who had fallen. Firefighter/paramedic Stephen Oetinger said the man got back on the trail but couldn't make it down on his own.

Firefighters evaluated the man then helped him down the mountain.

While that rescue was going on, firefighters received reports of an injured woman who was about a half mile higher. Oetinger said the woman in her 30s had twisted her ankle and was suffering heat exhaustion.

She was three-fourths of the way up the trail so fire and police technical rescue crews had to use a helicopter to hoist her off the mountain.

The Fire Department reminds hikers to always practice safety. Be sure to wear something that provides protection from the sun, including cool, loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and a hat or sun visor. Also, be sure to have plenty of water with you.

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