Busy Weekend For Coconino County Search And Rescue


Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Coconino County Search and Rescue Volunteers were very busy responding to reports of lost or injured victims during the weekend.

On Saturday, June 5, at approximately 4:38 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a 19-year-old man from Peoria who was lost and stranded. According to the victim who spoke with dispatch and rescuers via his cell phone, he was hiking on Humphries Trail in the area of the Arizona Snow Bowl.

The man was descending the mountain and believed he was half way down the trail when he felt weak and could not catch his breath.

Although the man believed he was not experiencing any medical problems, he could not hike the rest of the way without assistance.

Two Good Samaritans who were hiking in the area found the victim and remained with him. One of the two individuals spoke with rescuers who provided information on how to care for the man.

Eventually they were able to get the man walking on the trail at which time they were met by Coconino County Sheriffs Search and Rescue Personnel who walked the man to a waiting Guardian Medical Ground Transport Unit in the parking lot of the Agassiz Lodge of the Arizona Snow Bowl. Guardian Medical Personnel performed a field evaluation, however, the victim declined medical transportation.

On Saturday, June 5, at about 9:35 p.m., a 15-year-old boy called the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office on his cell phone to report that he and another 15-year-old male were attending a social gathering at Fort Tut Hill when they left the campground area just before dark to go on a hike.

The teen believed they were north of Fort Tut Hill and were disoriented in the dark and lost.

The teen described several trails, fence lines and even a paved road that he believed they crossed. While speaking to one of the victims over his cell phone, a Coconino County Sheriff’s lieutenant determined the victims were probably walking west of Fort Tut Hill. Responding personnel established a perimeter around the area where the teens were believed to be and used audible search methods to include vehicle horns, sirens and voices.

Searchers located the two victims at 1 a.m. on Sunday in an unimproved wooded area about a mile south west of Fort Tut Hill. Both subjects were in good condition and did not require medical treatment or transport.

On June 5, at approximately 11 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of five Boy Scouts and two adult Boy Scouts Leaders from the Phoenix area who were hiking in West Fork Canyon, which is located north of Sedona and south of Flagstaff.

The hikers did not return to Phoenix at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday as planned. A Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy who is assigned to the Sedona sub-station located a vehicle belonging to the members of the group that was parked in a lot at West Fork and left a note for the victims to call the Sheriff’s Office in the event they returned. A Deputy located a second vehicle belonging to group members at the top of the West Fork Trail Head off Woody Mountain Road and left a note on that vehicle. Deputies and Search and Rescue Personnel drove the area and checked campsites.

At about 2 a.m., the decision was made to initiate an intensive ground and air search at daylight. At about 5:30 a.m. all of the members of the overdue hiking party arrived at the vehicle that was parked off Woody Mountain Road and called the Sheriff’s Office after reading the note on their vehicle. All group members were in good condition and did not require medical treatment or medical transport.

On Sunday, June 6, at 1:44 p.m., an adult male from Phoenix called the Sherriff’s Office on his cell phone to report he was hiking on the San Francisco Peaks on Humphries Trail.

According to the man, he began his hike on Sunday at about 10:20 a.m. He left the trail, hiked for an hour and reached an area where there was still snow on the ground. The man attempted to return to Humphries Trail without success and became disoriented and lost.

Members of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit were dispatched to the area. Several other hikers who were in the area located the victim and escorted him 100 yards from his current position back to Humphries Trail and subsequently walked him to his vehicle. Search personnel met with the victim interviewed him and determined that he was not in need of medical treatment or transport.

On Monday, June 07, at about 11:41 a.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from and individual who was riding motorcycles with two other motorcycle enthusiasts on Forest Service Road 418, located off Highway 180, in the area of Hart Prairie.

According to the caller, one of the group members was a 67-year-old male from Carson City, Nev. who rode up a significant incline when he lost control of his motorcycle.

According to the caller, the collision resulted in a serious injury to the victim’s elbows. One of the riders remained with the victim and the caller road to a residence where he used the telephone. He arranged to meet responding deputies at Highway 180 and directed them to the victim’s location. Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies, Guardian Medical Transport personnel and Search and Rescue volunteers arrived at the victim’s location at 1:35 p.m. Search and Rescue members and Guardian personnel carried the victim approximately a mile to a waiting ambulance where he was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment.


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