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Mon, Jan. 20

Police Report: Prescott Fire rescues hiker on Thumb Butte Trail

Prescott Fire Department spent two and a half hours rescuing an injured hiker on the Thumb Butte Trail Monday evening. 

The hiker fell on a 20-foot-long ice patch and broke her ankle. Firefighters strapped the hiker onto a spine board and lowered her on the trail using a Stokes basket and a wheel device, which helps in low-angle rescues.

Life Line Ambulance took the woman to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West.

Eric Kriwer, spokesperson for Prescott Fire, urged people to use caution this time of year as the warm days and cold nights create icy conditions.

"We always recommend carrying a cell phone and water, and notifying friends or family when going on a hike alone," he said. "This hiker fortunately was carrying a cell phone when she accidentally fell." 

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