Rescue crews stay night with injured hiker in Superstitions


by Christina O'Haver

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 2:26 PM

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- An injured hiker was rescued from the Superstition Mountains Saturday morning after spending all night in the wilderness area, according to the Apache Junction Fire Department.

Rescue crews stayed with the 65-year-old woman overnight and conducted a helicopter rescue at daybreak.

The woman was hiking the Siphon Draw Trail in the Flat Iron area of Lost Dutchman State Park when she fell from an unknown height and dislocated her shoulder, Apache Junction Deputy Fire Chief Dave Montgomery said.

Companion hikers were able to get cellphone service and call 911.

"We actually were notified later in the day and by the time that our rescuers made contact with the injured hiker, it was too late in the day," Montgomery said. "Darkness had already set in and it's just too dangerous to try to effect a rescue in the darkness like that. Since her injuries were not life-threatening, we made a decision just to keep the rescuers with her on the mountain."

Rescue crews brought blankets and started a campfire to keep the woman warm. They also provided her with food, water and pain medication.

She was taken to a local hospital for her shoulder injury.

The Apache Junction Fire Department, Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and Superstition Search and Rescue responded.