Apr 23, 2013 12:30 PM by Faye DeHoff

2 hikers rescued from northern Arizona canyon by helicopter

COCONINO COUNTY - Two hikers were saved by an air rescue helicopter out of Paria Canyon on Friday.

The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is a 112,500 acres wilderness area
located in northern Arizona and southern Utah, within the arid Colorado
Plateau region.

The rescue began the day before on April 18th when one of the hikers became ill. The sick hiker activated his "personal locator beacon" while inside the canyon. The Coconino County Sheriff's Office requested the Department of Public Safety's Air Rescue to assist in locating the hikers by following their personal locater device.

Air Rescue was able to find the hikers, but was not able to complete the rescue because of the quickly fading daylight. So the next day, Friday, Air Rescue was able to negotiate the narrow canyon walls and land at the river bottom inside the canyon. The hikers and their dog were airlifted one at a time to the Page Airport where they were treated and turned over to the Coconino County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue personnel.


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