Phoenix firefighters help hikers down Camelback Mountain in 2 separate incidents

Posted at 8:31 PM, Mar 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-05 09:37:31-05

The Phoenix Fire Department helped two people down a mountain after receiving two separate rescue-related reports.

According to a Phoenix fire spokesman, fire crews first received reports about a hiker who slid about  400 feet down Camelback Mountain and was stuck on the side of a cliff.

Firefighters worked in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebird helicopter to locate the person, officials said. The fire spokesman described the hiker as being in a "very precarious position." He was sitting and was unable to move from a "small shelf" on the mountain.

Hours later, technical crews were able to make contact with the stranded hiker. Over 40 firefighters helped rescue the man who safely made it to the ground the next day around 1 a.m. 

While attempting to locate the person, fire crews made contact with a woman who was suffering from emotional distress. 

Additional crews were called to the trail and firefighters helped her down the mountain, authorities said. She was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

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