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Tue, June 18

Prescott firefighters rescue man who injured his ankle on hiking trail

Prescott firefighters and technical rescue team members helped a 62-year-old man who fell deep in the trail and injured his ankle Friday morning while hiking on Constellation Trail across Highway 89 from the Phippen Museum.

At 9:30 a.m., firefighters answered a call about a man who'd fallen on the trail and had a possible broken ankle, Prescott Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff Jones said.

"When we arrived on scene, we found a gentleman with an injury to his right ankle with swelling and pain to the touch," Jones said.

Seven firefighters and LifeLine Ambulance responded to the call.

"We had the technical rescue team respond to bring out a Stokes basket to be able to carry this gentlemen out," Jones said. We took the basket about two miles up the trail and wheeled him out which took about an hour and a half to get him out."

LifeLine Ambulance took the man to the hospital, Jones said.

"It's a good reminder as we're coming into the heat of summer to bring plenty of water and a hat when you go hiking," Jones said. "They (the man and his group) did it right. They had plenty of water and working cell phones to give us a call."


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