FD: Teen hiker air-lifted from Phoenix mountain trail

PHOENIX - Fire crews rescued a teenage hiker from a Phoenix mountain trail on Sunday.

Phoenix fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said they got the call just before 4:30 p.m. as a teenager with “medical concerns” on a trail about 3/4 of the way to the summit at Phoenix Mountains Park.

Jacobs said rescue crews got to the teen and stabilized him.

The location and condition of the patient led to the decision to air-lift him from the trail.

Jacobs said this was the safest and most efficient way to get the patient down and to an awaiting ambulance for transport to the hospital.

Jacobs said the air operation was approximately 1.5 hours faster than bringing the teen down the trail in a big wheel basket.

There was no immediate word on the teen's condition.

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