CCSO Rescues Two People From Wilson Mountain

July 3rd, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Flagstaff, AZ –
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit coordinated the rescue of two
hikers stranded on Wilson Mountain.
Around 7:15 PM the regional 911 Center in Flagstaff received a call from two hikers who had
become stranded by cliffs on the south face of Wilson Mountain north of the city of Sedona. The
hikers had started their hike around 2:00 PM and got off trail around 4:00 PM. They continued to
hike up the mountain until they became stuck on rock cliffs.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded along with Sheriff’s Search and Rescue crews.
Two search crews hiked trails up to the area, but were unable to reach the hikers due to the cliffs
and nightfall. Searchers had contact with the subject and were able to establish the hikers were
ok and had the hikers shelter in place until morning.
At daylight, a Coconino County Search and Rescue Technical team along with a Sedona Fire
Technical team responded to the area. The Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter from
Tucson was responding to the area, but was cancelled when the Flagstaff Helicopter became
The Flagstaff Ranger helicopter located the stranded hikers from the air and were able effect a
one skid landing on the cliff. The helicopter medic was able to scramble up to the hikers and
walk them back down to the helicopter. They were flown off the mountain to Slide Rock State
Park. Both hikers were examined by Sedona Fire medics and released with no injuries.
The hikers were both in their early 20’s and students of ASU and Mesa Community College.
Around 10:00 AM July 1, 2016 the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the
Kane County, Utah Sheriff’s Office advising a rancher had located human skeletal remains
between Fredonia and Jacob Lake, AZ.

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