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Oct 21, 2012 5:36 PM by Jason Ground

Boy rescued near Gates Pass after being partially pinned under boulder

TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff's Deputies report a 9-year-old boy has been rescued after becoming trapped under a boulder on Golden Gate Mountain, just south of Gates Pass.

Deputies tell News4 Tucson the boy was hiking with his grandmother when the rock rolled on top of his leg.

"She's an experienced hiker, familiar with the area," said Deputy Tom Peine. "This was just an accident."

Other hikers helped remove the rock and pull out the boy. A team from the Southern Arizona Rescue Association hiked to their position and provided first aid.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter brought the child to a waiting ambulance which took him to the hospital.

"When we have situations where they have to fly close to a mountainside, it's always very tricky with falling winds et cetera and all that can shift in just a second, so it is always risky," said Peine.

The boy is expected to completely recover.

With the weather cooling off, day hikes are becoming increasingly popular. Besides water, search and rescue experts advise anyone in a wilderness area to always carry a cell phone in case of an emergency.

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