Rescue personnel from the four agencies responded and hiked up to her location approximately ½ a mile below the lookout tower on the trail. The patient was secured in a wheeled litter and then carried down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. The rescue was difficult due to the steepness of the trail and the thunderstorm activity in the area. The litter carry required 21 personnel from the listed agencies to conduct the operation. Rescuers were on scene with the patient at 11:38 am and then had the patient to the ambulance at 2:16 pm. The patient was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue regularly train with Flagstaff Fire Department and Guardian Medical Transport to be able to effectively and efficiently conduct rescue operations such as this one.
Search and Rescue would like to remind hikers to try not to hike alone and be prepared for the unexpected like an injury or becoming disoriented. Hikers should carry at least the 10 Essentials even on short day hikes. Hikers should also tell someone where they are going and when they plan to return and consider carrying a cell phone.
Water, food, extra clothing for the conditions, navigation equipment (map, compass, GPS), headlamp/flashlight, first aid kit, shelter material (large leaf bag or space blanket), fire starting kit/matches, pocket knife/multitool, whistle, and a signal mirror