RIMROCK-- A 37-year-old Phoenix man was injured and couldn't hike back to his vehicle without help Sunday. His family had reported him missing after failing to return from a hunting trip.
The victim was part of two groups of two who had ventured into the Wet Beaver Creek Canyon early that morning. His companion could not find the victim and without cell service returned to base camp to call for help.
The victim had started a signal fire and the Ranger helicopter was able to spot the man and provided GPS coordinates to the back country team that reached the man at 2:30 in the morning.
When the team reached the injured hunter, they found he had injured both legs and his chest during his fall and also suffered from abdominal pain.
They remained with the man until morning when the rescue helicopter could fly again. The Ranger plucked the man out of the forest using a long line and took him to base camp for medical treatment before he was transported to the hospital.