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Tue, Jan. 28

Prescott Fire rescues man from Thumb Butte

The Prescott Fire Department responded to Thumb Butte at approximately 12:08 p.m. Monday afternoon for a report of a man at the top of the mountain with a broken leg.

According to Fire Department spokesman Eric Kriwer, Paramedic Engine 71 and the on-duty battalion chief coordinated with the Prescott Fire Technical Rescue Team and the Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter from Flagstaff.

Rescue crews removed a Kingman area man in his 40s in a rescue basket hanging from a rope underneath the aircraft, a rescue technique known as a "short haul" down to the waiting LifeLine Ambulance at the base of the mountain.

Because of the location of the incident, Kriwer said that without the helicopter, crews would have had to lower the man down the side of the cliff, a dangerous and technical process, and then traverse the trail down to the base.

LifeLine Ambulance took the patient to Yavapai Regional Medical Center West where X-rays confirmed a broken leg.

Further information was unavailable at press time.

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