Wed, June 26

Fire rescue crews team up with search and rescue for hiker in Boynton Canyon

Shortly after noon Saturday, Sedona Fire District rescue crews were requested to assist Yavapai Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team with a stranded hiker in Boynton Canyon near the Enchantment Resort.

Friday, while hiking with his family, the hiker became stranded on a rock ledge and was unable to climb up or down. Family members went for help.

The Search and Rescue team responded but they were forced to call off the search because of approaching darkness. Saturday morning YCSO was able to locate the hiker but he developed a medical problem during the extraction and the SAR team requested the fire medical crews.

Fire crews, in turn, summoned a rapid extraction because of the condition and remote location of the patient. DPS "Ranger 31" assisted with the rescue using a short haul technique. The technique allows for a rapid extraction of a patient in remote areas where a helicopter is unable to safely land. A patient is placed into a basket, used for support and stabilization. The patient and an accompanying medic are then suspended below the helicopter, while flown to safety.

Once at the trailhead, the hiker was transferred to Guardian Air Ambulance to be flown to Flagstaff Medical Center.