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The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office rescued an injured hiker Sunday in the West Clear Creek wilderness area.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a Search and Rescue unit was dispatched around 2:30 p.m. to assist a man who was believed to have a broken leg. Given the time of day and the conditions in the bottom of West Clear Creek, rescuers determined a helicopter short-haul rescue would be the safest option.

Arizona Department of Public Safety Central Air Rescue in Phoenix responded to the area. A Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteer who is trained as a heli-rescue technician boarded the helicopter and performed rappelled into the scene.

The Search and Rescue heli-rescue technician and Pine-Strawberry Fire District personnel put the patient on a backboard and then placed him in a Bauman Bag device for the short-haul. The patient and the heli-rescue technician were then short-hauled out of the canyon to the intersection of State Route 260 and State Route 87, where a ground ambulance was waiting to take the patient to the hospital.

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