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The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Rescue Crew assists in Superstition Mountains

Same DPS pilot on three similar rescues including White Tank Mountains last week

Friday, March 9, 2012 -

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On March 2, 2012 at 4:06 p.m, DPS Phoenix Ranger was requested by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the search and rescue and technical rescue of an injured person 3.5 miles north of the First Water Trailhead in the Superstition Mountains. The injured hiker was trapped 100 feet from the top of the canyon wedged into a tight slot. The Ranger crew flew to the trailhead and started inserting 14 technical rescue crew members from the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (MCSO-CAMRA). The 14 rescuers were dropped east of the rescue scene using a skid. This operation took place at night requiring the air crew to use vision goggles. Ranger remained on standby at the trailhead while CAMRA affected a ground rescue of the patient. When ready, Ranger flew back to the scene and extricated the patient using a litter. The injured hiker was flown to the trailhead and turned over to MCSO and Southwest Ambulance. He was admitted to Scottsdale Osborn Trauma Center.

This mission began shortly after 4p.m. and ended at about 1:40a.m.

The hiker identified as Edward Weston 47 from Washington remains in Scottsdale Osborn hospital in serious but stable condition.

The pilot, Hunter French, was also involved in the rescue of several teens hiking in the White Tank Mountains last week.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.