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Injured Phoenix Man Rescued After 60-Foot Fall In Fossil Creek

Coconino County Sheriff's Office

An injured Phoenix man was rescued in the Fossil Creek Wilderness area last weekend after a canyoneering accident.

Multiple agencies responded to Horsetank Wash where the 56-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, had sustained multiple injuries including a compound arm fracture when he fell about 60 feet during a rappel in rough terrain.

A rescue specialist with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office rappelled from a helicopter and short-hauled the man out of the canyon. He was then taken to Payson for treatment. Officials urge canyoneers to be prepared to provide first aid to others because of often long emergency response times.

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