Published by The Bee News

March 18, 2023

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About 2pm Monday (3/13) afternoon, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a group of hikers that a 44-year-old female had injured her ankle and was unable to put weight on it to hike back to the trailhead. She and four other hikers (61-year-old female, 61-year-old male, 46-year-old female and a 49-year-old male) had been hiking and camping since Saturday (3/11) with a guide in the Mt Nutt Wilderness Area in the Black Mountains. They had previously gone hiking with a guide for a day and had so much fun, they wanted to do an multi-night trip. Once the hiker became injured, the guide left the group to hike back to Oatman for help. In the meantime, the others in the hiking group had called 911. Search and Rescue, along with DPS Western Air Rescue helicopter from Kingman, responded to the remote wilderness area. The DPS Ranger helicopter located them and evaluated their situation. The helicopter then performed a short-haul (using a long-line rope) with the injured hiker and brought the other hikers back to the Command Post. While they had brought plenty of supplies, they were running low on water and exhausted. Oatman Fire had met them at the Command Post and transported them back to their vehicles and RV. Great job by everyone!

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