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County officials late Friday afternoon had three rescues underway from the Mazatzal wilderness to the wilds under the Mogollon Rim.

Lt. Tim Scott of the Gila County Sheriff’s office reported three rescues underway Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

The first is located north of the Barnhardt trail on the east side of the mountains. A hiker set off his emergency locator beacon, which turned off as soon as officials received the signal.

After talking to the family of the hiker who waited at the trailhead, county officials decided to dispatch a helicopter from Tucson, the nearest DPS (Department of Public Safety) ranger available. State search and rescue are on the ground looking for the injured hiker.

If the hiker can be located, the helicopter will attempt to land and the medic on board will attend to any medical needs of the hiker and fly him out, said Scott.

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