Hiker falls in West Clear Creek

A Phoenix man on a solo canyon trip in Wilbur Canyon, a tributary of West Clear Creek was seriously injured and had to be short-hauled by helicopter.

Coconino County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Public Safety responded to the scene after CCSO received a report of a SPOT beacon alert around 6:30 p.m. on April 12.

DPS Air Rescue located the 45-year-old man on a steep ridge, where he appeared to be stranded on a cliff. Search-and-Rescue personnel hiked into West Clear Creek and climbed up to ridge while another team hike to an area above the rim.

They made voice contact with the man around 2:30 a.m. They discovered he had fallen about 100 to 200 feet. Personnel were able to climb to location at about 4 a.m. and render aid.

At 7 a.m., they used a short-haul rescue technique, suspended 150 feet beneath a helicopter, to remove him from the canyon. He was then transferred to Guardian Air Transport and flown to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix. His injuries were considered serious but not life-threatening.


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