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Hiker rescues reach record number in Pinal County

(Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
PINAL COUNTY, AZ (CBS5) -

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said more people have been hiking in the Superstition wilderness and crews have responded to 15 separate search and rescues in two weeks.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said the PCSO search and rescue team has already had a record year for the number of lost hikers.

PCSO reported the following recent rescues:

  • March 15 - An SAR team hiked seven hours to rescue two hikers from the area of Haunted Canyon after the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Ranger helicopter located them in steep terrain in the darkness, making a nighttime rescue impossible. An SAR deputy and two SAR Posse members waited with the lost hikers until the Ranger helicopter returned the next morning and brought them out.
  • March 16 - SAR team found two hikers who had become separated from their group on Picket Post Mountain near Superior. Neither was hurt.
  • March 17 - A man fell and hit his head at the waterfall near the Hieroglyphics Trail in the Superstitions. The SAR team used a Stokes basket to carry the man out a canyon area for medical attention.
  • March 23 - A woman broke her ankle on Picacho Peak and airlifted off the mountain.
  • March 23 - The SAR team was called out to the Arizona Trail near Oracle. A 60-year-old woman hiking with a large group was overcome by the hike and needed assistance off the mountain. While SAR deputies were helping the woman descend the trail, four other members of her hiking party were reported missing. Two of those missing hikers were able to make it out of the area on their own, but SAR deputies had to locate the other two hikers and assist them off the mountain.
  • March 23 - The SAR team returned to the Picacho Peak area after a mother and her 4-year-old daughter called for help after becoming stranded on a cliff as the sun started to set. With the assistance of the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Ranger helicopter, SAR deputies located the pair and were able to hike up the mountain and safely navigate the child and her mother down.
  • March 24 - Two women went off trail above the waterfall near the Hieroglyphics Trail and needed assistance finding their way out of the park. They were not prepared for an overnight stay.
  • March 24 - A woman riding a quad near Box Canyon had to be cut from her vehicle and was flown to a hospital by air ambulance for multiple injuries.
  • March 25 - A 65-year-old woman lost consciousness on Picacho Peak after suffering from heat exposure and dehydration. SAR deputies hiked the mountain and helped her off the mountain.
  • March 27 - The SAR team found and helped a 24-year-old man back to his car after his wife called and said he was overdue from a hike in the Superstition Mountains.
  • March 29 - PCSO received a call of a missing member from an off-road party. The group was four-wheeling in the Mammoth area. On a climb, a driver at the back of the pack disappeared. SAR deputies found a Jeep that appeared to have rolled off a cliff. The driver was dead.
  • March 29 - A juvenile went for a walk in the desert near Mammoth and got lost. The teen stayed on the phone with dispatchers as SAR deputies responded. The teen was able to find his way to a roadway with the dispatcher's help and was driven home by deputies.
  • March 30 - SAR deputies and posse members escorted three adults hiking in the Lost Dutchman State Park to safety.
  • March 31 - SAR deputies returned to Lost Dutchman State Park to rescue a woman who fractured her ankle.

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