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Tue, Jan. 28

Thumb Butte hikers rescued by firefighters

PRESCOTT - A couple in their 70s who were hiking Thumb Butte Thursday slipped and fell from the trail and were rescued by Prescott firefighters, a PFD spokesman said.

They were close to the top of Thumb Butte, firefighter/paramedic Conrad Jackson said, when the woman fainted and fell, landing off the trail.

Her husband tried to help, but "he took a spill further down the trail," and he was injured worse than she was.

Some family members went for help, Jackson said. When firefighters arrived, they found the steep, rocky terrain called for special equipment and brought in a Polaris 6x6 all-terrain vehicle with a Stokes basket mounted on it for carrying a patient.

The man had cuts and abrasions from rocks and cactus, Jackson said. He was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The woman walked down on her own and did not require treatment, he said.

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