Emergency crews called to two hiker rescues


by Steve Ryan

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Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 6:52 AM

PHOENIX -- Cooler weather is luring more and more hikers to Arizona's mountain trails. But more folks out there hiking means more mountain rescues.

Emergency crews responded to two hiker rescues on Monday, one at Usery Mountain Regional Park and another in the Superstition Mountains.

More than 20 emergency workers were called to the rescue at Usery Mountain Regional Park near Mesa. A hiker fell 10 feet and sustained possible head injuries.

"A family was up hiking and the gentleman took a fall," said Colin Williams of Rural Metro. Williams said crews had to rappel to the man, then create a landing zone for the helicopter since the terrain was so uneven.

He also said this type of incident is all too common at this time of year.

"It's when people head out on their own and they don't know their abilities and they get into trouble," he said. "This is a very steep area. There's a lot of loose rock. We always see people that are not physically fit or don't have the right equipment to be out here doing it."

The injured man was said to be in stable condition.

Rescue crews also responded to a hiker rescue in the Superstition Mountains.