Sep 2, 2013 10:14 PM by Erika Flores

Two hikers rescued at Sabino Canyon on Labor Day

TUCSON - There were two Labor Day rescues at a popular hiking spot Monday.

A 19-year-old woman lost her footing at Seven Falls at Sabino Canyon in the morning, and then in the afternoon, another 19-year-old woman got stuck between a boulder and rock wall after falling.

The search and rescue team tells News 4 Tucson the second hiker was climbing on wet rocks when she fell 20 feet, hitting her head.

She was stuck between a boulder and rock wall for several hours.

It took eight ground crews some time to make the hike to her area.

Five others were taken by helicopter and from there they still had to climb to her location.

They were able to pull her out of the crevice using ropes.

She was then short hauled and taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Hikers familiar with the area tell News 4 Tucson it can be a dangerous hike up to seven falls especially when the area is wet.

"Rocks can be slippery because the waters have been running for a couple of weeks now. It's given enough time for moss to grow and it's splashing on the rocks and people come up...their tennis shoes are worn, and they're not used to it," said Bill Gansline.

The sheriff's office has some advice for those hiking in the area.

"Always be careful. Hike in a group because in this case there were a lot of people out there, but you want to make sure that there's always someone available to call for help if you need it," said Sgt. Jason Dowdy, the Pima County Sheriff's office Search and Rescue supervisor.

As for the first hiker Dowdy said she had an injured wrist and several bruises.

Both women were air lifted to the hospital.


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