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Helicopter crashes in Yavapai County during rescue operation

A rescue workforce tried to fly two distressed hikers off of Pine Mountain on Friday, however they have been pressured to stroll out of the wilderness after their helicopter crashed.

YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. — Two distressed hikers needed to stroll themselves again to security after a rescue helicopter crashed in the Pine Mountain Wilderness final week. . 

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, a helicopter was dispatched to rescue two dehydrated hikers on Aug. 27 at about 5 p.m. After recognizing them close to a trailhead, the helicopter pilot landed the plane in a rocky space. 

The pilot introduced the hikers water and guided them again to the helicopter. 

As the helicopter started to fly off the bottom, it began to lose energy and the pilot tried to deliver it again down. The robust winds pushed the helicopter about 20 toes right into a harmful space with giant boulders and bushes. 

The helicopter’s rotor smashed right into a tree, knocking out the plane’s energy provide. YCSO mentioned the pilot nonetheless managed to securely land the helicopter with none passengers getting injured. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety flew in to retrieve the pilot and hikers, however the dangerous climate prevented the company from hoisting them out of the wilderness. 

The YCSO pilot determined to information the hikers off the mountain by strolling eight miles till they reached a degree of security. 

Pine Mountain is positioned close to Tonto National Forest and the wilderness space contains a number of climbing trails which can be managed by Prescott National Forest.  

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes mentioned he was glad to see the hikers and pilot all managed to get dwelling safely with out hurt. 

“This highlights for folks the hazard that the rescuers face themselves when they’re rescuing others,” Rhodes said. “Our devoted (rescue) groups put their security in second place when they’re on the market attempting to rescue these in want.”

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