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Search And Rescue Crews Tended To An Injured Hiker On Mt. Elden Thursday

There was a search and rescue attempt Thursday afternoon in the area of the Fat Man’s Loop Trail on the southside of Mt. Elden in East Flagstaff. Coconino County Sheriff’s officials say search and rescue crews, with aid from a DPS helicopter, located an injured hiker who was stranded on the mountain. Rescuers did their best to find the injured hiker by using information from the man’s cell phone to call 911 prior to his phone dying. They also gathered tips from people in the area. Crews were unable to bring the man off the mountain Thursday night, so rescue personnel and a paramedic with the Flagstaff Fire Department, made sure he was comfortable and stayed with him overnight until they could short haul him off the mountain Friday morning. The patient and crew were given sleeping bags, warm clothing, a warm meal and liquids, along with pain medication. Once off the mountain, the hiker was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center and was treated for a severley broken ankle. Once the hiker was taken off the mountain, conditions became to windy to bring rescue crews down by helicopter. They hiked to the top of Mt. Elden and were taken off the mountain by tracked vehicles from off or Mount Elden Lookout Road.