PHOENIX - Crews did an airlift rescue after a hiker was injured in a fall on a Phoenix mountain trail.
Phoenix fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said the 42-year-old male fell on a trail on Camelback Mountain Friday morning, suffering significant injuries to his hands, chest and face.
An off-duty Mesa firefighter, who was also on the trail, made the 911 call and was able to give information that prompted Phoenix firefighters to choose the rescue by helicopter.
“Where he was located today, to do anything with the ground crews to put him in a big wheel basket and try to get him off the mountain, it would have taken us probably about four hours,” Jacobs said.
It took crews less than an hour to get the victim off the mountain by air, according to Jacobs.
He was lifted into the helicopter and dropped off at a landing zone with a waiting ambulance and paramedics.
The man was taken to a Scottsdale hospital for treatment.