Climber rescued in Oak Creek Canyon


Search and Rescue prepares to descend at Oak Creek Vista. (Coconino County Sheriff’s Office)

Flagstaff, Ariz. — On July 2, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call for a climbing accident at Oak Creek Vista off of State Route 89A. Multiple agencies responded to assist in the rescue of a 57-year-old male climber from Tucson.

The climber sustained a back injury when he fell approximately 20 feet at the end of his rappel. Because of the location of the patient and the nature of his injuries, search and rescue established a technical rope system to lower a rescuer and basket litter to the patient. Highlands Fire and Guardian Medical personnel had hiked to the patient’s location to provide initial treatment and help prepare the patient to be raised by the rope system. The search and rescue litter attendant and the patient were then raised via a mechanical advantage rope system to the top of the canyon and carried out to the waiting ambulance. The patient was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Those who responded to the rescue included Highlands Fire District, Guardian Medical Transport and Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit.

Information provided by CCSO


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