Short-haul needed for disabled hiker

Montezuma Rimrock Fire District crews were called to Rattlesnake Canyon, west of Interstate 17 near Stoneman Lake Road Thursday for a technical rescue.

A hiker, in a party of seven, had been suddenly immobilized when he developed back spasms. And while crews from Pinewood Fire and Sedona Fire were also dispatched, a DPS Ranger helicopter was needed to locate the patient in the tall trees and rugged terrain.

Pinewood had a four-wheel drive rescue vehicle Trail 81, but even that vehicle could not easily reach the patient. After searching for 20 minutes, the subject was located, but crews needed to rappel down a 30-foot cliff to reach the hiker on the canyon floor.

Once again, vehicular traffic was impractical, so rescue crews and the Ranger helicopter used a long-rope short-haul to lift the hiker out of the canyon to a waiting ambulance. The patient was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center


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