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2 injured hikers rescued near Camp Verde

Courtesy photo<BR>
One of the two hikers is flown to a landing zone with a Sheriff’s volunteer member of the Backcountry Unit

Courtesy photo<BR> One of the two hikers is flown to a landing zone with a Sheriff’s volunteer member of the Backcountry Unit

CAMP VERDE - Two hikers from Phoenix were rescued by Yavapai County Sheriff's search crews, who got an assist from a Department of Public Safety helicopter Sunday, Oct. 25, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Four men, all in their 20s, were, on Saturday, in the first day of a planned two-day hike in the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness area, when one man became ill, D'Evelyn said, "possibly related to dehydration and heatstroke, and was not able to keep food or fluids down.

"When they awoke the next morning, the ill subject was too weak to hike out," he said.

Two members of the group hiked out to get a cell signal and call for help, which they were able to do about 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

A DPS Ranger helicopter, the volunteer Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team, Backcountry Unit, and personnel from the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Department responded.

The rescue crews decided to have two Backcountry Unit rappel from the helicopter and pick up the two remaining hikers, D'Evelyn said.

They were carried to a landing zone by long-line rope.

Both were was checked by paramedics; the second man had twisted his ankle, D'Evelyn said.

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