Jul 31, 2013 6:15 PM by Brian White

Yavapai County rangers rescue wayward hikers

YAVAPAI COUNTY - Deputies with the county sheriff's and rangers with the Department of Public Safety made three rescue attempts in the surrounding wilderness Sunday.

10 a.m. July 28
An 8--year-old resident with diabetes who lives at the Village of Oak Creek retirement home went wandering and was reported lost, deputies said in a release.

The woman was eventually found by a hiker on a trail a mile away. Sedona firefighters treated the woman for dehydration.

11:45 a.m.
A 17-year-old teen from Holland called deputies for help after he became stuck on a ledge on Bell Rock, the release detailed. Rangers came near the spot but could not reach the man at first, deputies said. That crew was later helicoptered in to guide the teen back to safety.

Deputies said the man was wearing only shorts, sandals and a baseball cap with no water.

5:30 p.m.
2 adults, 25 and 30-years-old, were dropped off at the Bear Siding camp area off Perkinsville Road, outside of Paulden, so they could "tube" down the Verde River.

When darkness fell and they had not arrived at a pre-designated location, a friend called to report both overdue. The call came in around 7:45 PM. Deputies on scene checked a downstream bridge crossing and located one of the pair, who had been yelling for help, around 10PM. He was rescued in good condition.

The DPS Ranger helicopter was requested along with members of the BCU team to search for the other man. The Ranger crew eventually found him nearly a mile downstream from the Bear Siding camping area. The DPS crew landed and contacted the man and he refused their assistance. Ranger dropped 2 members of the BCU team near the man and convinced him to accept aid. The BCU team escorted him to safety and he was eventually transported in good condition to his Chino Valley home. He had been wearing only swim trunks and had no means of communication.

The Forest Patrol supervisor noted the high probability of flash flooding around the Verde River at this time, very much increasing the danger to both.

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