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Hiker rescued off 200-foot-high cliff on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix

(Phoenix Fire Department Photo)

PHOENIX – An inexperienced hiker endured a harrowing ordeal Sunday afternoon, when rescuers had to fly him off a 200-foot-high cliff on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix.

The 20-year-old man and some friends had hiked into a dangerous area on the north side of the mountain, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

His friends successfully returned to the main trail, but the man suffered leg cramps and found himself stranded on a sheer cliff, Capt. Rob McDade said in an email.

A Phoenix Police Department helicopter hovered over the area and lowered a rescue technician to the spot where the hiker was stuck.

The rescuer connected himself to the man, and the helicopter carried them to safety.

The man didn’t need medical treatment after being rescued. He told rescuers he wasn’t an experienced hiker, McDade said.

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