Helicopter rescues hikers stranded in Superstition Mountains

February 14, 2018

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter rescued hikers who were stranded and spent the night in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix after one hiker was reported in distress.

The helicopter used a rescue hoist to lift two hikers Wednesday morning from the area of Siphon Draw Canyon and Flat Iron Ridge, while the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says a third hiker was able to hike out with rescuers.

DPS and sheriff’s officials say a 911 call Tuesday evening sought help for a 74-year-old hiker who had a medical problem and was exhausted but a DPS trooper-paramedic airlifted to the site determined it’d be safer to do the extraction during daylight.

A 70-year-old hiker also was too exhausted to hike out.

Rescue personnel spent the night with the hikers.

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