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

Jun 16, 2021

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

A 56-year-old Phoenix man was short-hauled out of a canyon by helicopter from the Fossil Creek Wilderness area Sat, June 12.
Credit Coconino County Sheriff's Office

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.