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Helicopter used to rescue hiker bitten by rattlesnake

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Posted at 12:27 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:27:04-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities used a Phoenix Police Department helicopter to rescue a man bit by a rattlesnake while hiking on South Mountain in the city’s mountain preserve Friday.

Fire Capt. Rob McDade said the helicopter was used because the man was near the top of the mountain and because it was imperative to get him to a hospital for treatment as soon as possible.

McDade said the man had called 911 after being bit and reported that he felt dizzy and lightheaded. McDade said the Phoenix area is now in a time of year when rattlesnakes are very active and that hikers and others should use caution while on trails and other park areas.