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Coconino County Search And Rescue Conduct Multiple Rescues Last Week

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office conducted multiple rescues over the last week. The first rescue came Thursday night on a report of four overdue hikers with a dog on the West Fork Trail off Oak Creek Canyon. The group consisting of a male and three females intended to hike the trial and camp overnight in West Fork Canyon. When the group didn’t arrive the next day a search began. During a search flight, crews noticed a pair of fires in which the group was located. They were assisted out of the canyon to awaiting family members. They were in good condition. Then Saturday night, a hiker was in distress near Saddle Mountain at around 6 p.m.. The male hiker had called 911 to report he was disoriented and having heat-related issues. After an air and ground search, the man was found at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday. He was given food and water and assisted out of the trailhead to his vehicle. Authorities remind hikers to bring plenty of water, food and a fully-charged cell phone with them when hiking.