Hikers, base jumper rescued from Phoenix-area mountains on same day
PHOENIX – Multiple hiking and climbing mishaps kept first responders from Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Apache Junction in save mode Sunday afternoon.
The injuries started in the morning, when a woman cracked her ankle on a trail at Thunderbird Conservation Park in Glendale.
Crews performed a mountain rescue this morning at Thunderbird Park after a woman fractured her ankle. If you are planning to be out enjoying the cool weather please remember to bring water. You can still get dehydrated. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/xgSDy5CLrx
— Glendale Fire Dept. (@GlendaleFire) December 29, 2019
Farther east in the morning hours, teams from Superstition Fire and Medical and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office grabbed a base jumper who was stuck on the face of a mountain.
In the afternoon, a team from Phoenix Fire Department came to the aid of a 49-year-old man who was free climbing Piestewa Peak and fell about 40 feet.
He managed to call for help, but said he thought he’d been knocked out for around 10 minutes, Capt. Nicole Minnick said in an email.
His rescue required a helicopter that took him to a trauma center.
Minnick’s department also pulled down a 42-year-old hiker who hurt her leg on South Mountain.
A Scottsdale crew reached Tom’s Thumb Trail to see to a man who eventually had to be airlifted out with a possible broken leg.