Search and Rescue

In this file photo, an Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter prepares to airlift an injured hiker off the saddle of Humphreys Peak last September.

Coconino County Sheriff's deputies had to use a helicopter to rescue an injured climber in Sycamore Canyon Sunday.

According to CCSO, deputies received a call of an injured climber near Paradise Forks in Sycamore Canyon around 11 a.m. Sunday. The 22-year-old woman was found about 80 feet below the rim with a severely injured her leg. The fall victim was from the Apache Junction area and was climbing with another person.

CCSO search and rescue teams had to lower a rescuer by rope over the canyon's edge to the woman.

A second search and rescue person rappelled down to the patient and assisted with splinting the injury and preparing the woman for extrication from the canyon.

At 4:25 p.m., the woman and one of the search and rescue officers were short-hauled out of the canyon suspended below a Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter to a landing zone a short distance away, where an ambulance was waiting to transport the patient to the hospital. The patient was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center where she was admitted for treatment of her injuries.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Williams Fire Department, Lifeline Ambulance and the US Forest Service for responding to this incident as well as the other climbers in the area who helped care for the injured climber while it was responding.

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The reporter can be reached at sadams@azdailysun.com or (928)556-2253.


Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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