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Air Rescue Saves Two Men In Paria Canyon, April 19

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 -

On April 19, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Air Rescue helicopter landed in Paria Canyon to save two hikers.

This started April 18 when one of the hikers had become ill. The injured hiker activated his “Personal Locator Beacon” while inside the canyon. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office asked DPS’ Air Rescue to assist in locating the hikers by following their personal locator device.

Air Rescue was able to find the hikers but were not able to complete the rescue because of the quickly diminishing day light. In the morning hours of April 19, Air Rescue was able to negotiate the narrow canyon walls and land at the river bottom inside the canyon. The hikers and their dog were air lifted one at a time to the Page Airport where they were treated and turned over to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel.