Just after 1:00 PM on Monday, the Sedona 911 center received a call of a possible climbing accident on Lee Mountain. The Sedona Fire District, along with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded and found the victim, a 27 year old male from the Prescott area had been basing jumping and had some type of malfunction and ultimately crash landed. The Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter responded. Rescuers made their way to the top of Lee Mountain by foot and by helicopter insertion.
The BASE jumper sustained injuries as a result of a parachute malfunction and was stranded on a ledge approximately 600 feet below the top of the mountain. A rescuer based pick-off was conducted. The rescuer rappelled 600 feet to the patient’s location and provided medical care. The rescuer rappelled the patient another 300 feet to the bottom of the mountain where additional personnel assisted in carrying the subject to a waiting UTV equipped for patient transport.
At approximately 11:00 PM the patient was driven to a trail head to a waiting ambulance and subsequently transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center by Sedona Fire.
The rescue took 10 hours to complete and the close coordination and cooperation between the agencies involved to provide quality rescue services in Coconino County. The DPS Ranger helicopter was instrumental in this operation, conducting five flights from arial assessment of the area, to inserting personnel and later equipment recovery.