Teen Carried Out From Fossil Creek



Photo courtesy of Heather Hansen

Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers and a Pine-Strawberry firefighter carry a teen over rocky terrain Tuesday. The teen injured her back after jumping off a waterfall in the Fossil Creek area.

For the seventh time in the last month, rescuers were dispatched to the Fossil Creek area for an injured hiker.

This time, on Tuesday afternoon, a teen girl injured her back after jumping off a waterfall a mile north of the lower trailhead, said Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Commander Bill Pitterle.

The teen managed to miss hitting any rocks on the jump, but landed in such a way that she could not walk out.

This is the second time TRSAR volunteers have had to carry someone from the waterfall. Last week, a teen belly-flopped off the falls, possibly breaking some ribs.

On Tuesday’s mission, TRSAR and the Pine-Straw­berry Fire Department work­ed together to haul the teen to the roadway on a backboard.

The teen complained of severe pain, Pitterle said.

“If we tilted the litter at all, which is very hard not to do since it is a very rocky trail, she said it hurt,” he said.

With its aqua-colored water and swimming holes, the Fossil Creek area is a popular getaway for Valley and Rim Country residents.

On Tuesday, Pitterle estimated there were at least another 15 to 20 people playing and jumping from the falls.


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