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Rescuers Respond to Paria Canyon Twice in Two Days

Rescuers Respond to Paria Canyon Twice in Two Days
September 30
12:14 2015

On Monday, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a Kane County Utah Sheriff’s Deputy who advised of a personal locator beacon spot activation in Paria Canyon approximately 8 miles upstream from Lees Ferry.

Due to the late hour of the day, the impending darkness, and the rugged terrain, a ground response was not commenced.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Helicopter based in Flagstaff arrived at the location where the device was activated from and began an air search.

Crew members spotted the hikers approximately 1 mile downstream from the initiation point. According to one of the individuals, he was changing the batteries in the spot locator and accidentally activated the level 2 emergency signal.

One day earlier, the Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a sick hiker in Paria Canyon in very close proximity to where the previously described response occurred.

The DPS helicopter based in Kingman responded, located the ill hiker, and landed.  The individual was flown out of the canyon and subsequently refused any medical treatment.

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