FD: 'Experienced' canyoneer rescued after big fall

GLOBE, AZ - Rescue crews airlifted an injured canyoneer out of Parker Creek east of the Valley Thursday morning.

Authorities estimate James Burmood, 34, fell 60-70 feet off a cliff Wednesday night.

Gila County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Commander Johnny Holmes said Burmood was stable and responsive and was flown by helicopter to a Valley hospital.

He broke several bones in the fall.

Globe fire officials said the Burmwood fell around 5 p.m. at Parker's Creek, which is just off Highway 288 near Young, Arizona.

Holmes said he was rappeling with another man, Jack Hasselbusch, who hiked out, got help and led rescue crews to the area where he fell.

Fire crews said it took more than two-and-a-half hours before search and rescue teams were able to reach the Burmwood.

Holmes said a medical crew stayed with the Burmwood overnight, but it was too risky to attempt the rescue in the dark.

A friend of the man's said he is an experienced outdoorsman and knows the area well.

He thinks the man's anchor failed in a "freak accident."

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