Injured teen hiker rescued from Phoenix mountain

Firefighters used a helicopter to rescue an injured teenage boy who fell approximately 30 feet while hiking Tuesday in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, officials said.

The 17-year-old boy was with two other hikers when he slipped while climbing in the preserve at 5 p.m., Phoenix Fire Chief Tony Mure said.

The hikers used their cell phones to call 911, and Mure said crews spent 30 minutes pinpointing the trio, as they were unaware of their exact location on the mountain.

The teenager had unspecified leg injuries and was airlifted from the mountain to an awaiting ambulance due to the location's terrain, Mure said.

The Phoenix Mountain Preserve is located north of Piestewa Peak, near 40th Street and Shea Boulevard.


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