Originally Published: December 14, 2010 10 p.m.
An injured hiker on Sunday endured a 30-foot fall, a boulder falling on her and, ultimately, a long-line helicopter rescue to safety.
Elise Anderson, 21, was part of a group hiking Granite Mountain Sunday morning before a boulder gave way. Anderson plunged 30 feet down the mountain and the boulder fell on top of her, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. With the Prescott Fire Department determining that a ground rescue would take more than an hour, an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter was called in.
Emergency personnel placed Anderson on a backboard and used the long line to airlift her and an attending rescue team member off the mountain face and to the Granite Basin Lake shore. Paramedics treated Anderson's injuries and she was flown to Flagstaff Regional Medical Center for further treatment on a fractured femur, according to reports.
Agencies involved in the rescue included Life Line Ambulance, Prescott Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service and Angel Air Rescue.