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Dec 10, 2012 7:16 PM

Woman airlifted after being thrown from horse in Tucson Mountains

TUCSON - The woman who was thrown from a horse in the Tucson Mountains this afternoon sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries and was successfully extracted from a wash with 30-foot walls.

Northwest Fire District firefighters were dispatched to the area of Sweetwater Drive and Camino De Oeste after receiving the 911 at about 1:49 p.m., NWFD official Captain Adam Goldberg confirmed. A friend riding with the victim rode back to a house and called 911.

The victim, a 50-year-old woman, was located in the wash, and based on her condition, it was decided that NWFD's technical rescue team assist in removing the woman from the wash, Goldberg stated. A technincal rescue team used a Stokes basket to lift the woman out of the wash and transport her to a waiting medical helicopter, which then took her to a local hospital.

The rescue took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete, Goldberg said. The horse was not injured and was ridden back home by a family member of the victim.

"Northwest Fire reminds you to always have a cell phone, or a ‘buddy' with you during outside activities such as hiking, biking, or riding a horse," Goldberg said.

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