From our friends at Saguaro National Park:
Saguaro National Park Rangers, Pima County Sheriff’s Department and other rescue units successfully rescued a man after fall in a canyon in the Rincon Mountain District.
Under a unified incident command structure, Saguaro National Park Rangers and Pima County Sheriff Search and Rescue Deputies responded to a dropped 911 call in the area of the Douglas Springs Trail-Head on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
A 22 year old male intended to hike from the Douglas Springs Trailhead to Bridal Wreath Falls, a 5.5 mile round trip hike. He turned around near dark and did not have a headlamp or warm clothes. The victim lost the trail and experienced a tumbling 100 foot fall. Search and Rescue teams were able to locate the victim in a rugged and remote side canyon in Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District around 11:30 pm.
Search and Rescue team members stabilized the man and then successfully evacuated him to hospital care via Pima County’s “Sheriff-1” rescue helicopter.
Saguaro National Park appreciates the collaborative efforts with Pima County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue & Aviation, Arizona Dept. of Public Safety Air Rescue, Southern Arizona Rescue Association and Southern Arizona Mounted Search and Rescue teams for their assistance in carrying out this successful search and rescue mission.
Backcountry users are reminded to travel safely by leaving a plan with a friend or loved one, carrying the ten essentials items, plenty of water and anticipating changes in the weather.