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Rescue for an injured hiker in Madera Canyon underway

Rescue for an injured hiker in Madera Canyon
Posted at 4:19 PM, Nov 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-10 21:32:53-05

Fire rescue teams have helped an injured hiker to safety in Madera Canyon on Sat, Nov. 10.

The rescue began mid-afternoon, according to a tweet from the Green Valley Fire Department, and involved the GVFD, Tubac Fire Department and the U.S. forest service. 

Green Valley Fire Chief Chuck Wunder told KGUN9 that the hiker was a 27-year-old man who was hiking with three other men with a common goal of reaching the mountain's peak.

The men were 200 yards from the peak when the man became too dehydrated to continue and the group called for help on a cell phone.

Green Valley Fire responded by quickly sending a two-man HASTY team with fluid-IV bags up the mountain, a journey that took over an hour.

When the team reached the hiker group, they stabilized the injured hiker with the IV bags and assisted him down the mountain. In total, Wunder said the rescue took three hours.

Fortunately, Wunder confirmed that no transport was needed for the hiker when they reached the bottom of the mountain. 

Wunder said that the group was well prepared, with plenty of food and water for their trip.

GVFD and all the teams that assisted with rescue would like to promote the idea of being a responsible hiker with the right hiking gear and supplies.

They also warn that, just because it isn't summer, doesn't mean that hiking can be risk-free. 
This story is still developing. Please stay with KGUN9 for updates.