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Media release from May 7, 2019 at approximately 4:05 pm
Flagstaff, AZ – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and it’s Search and Rescue unit responded to seven (7) calls for both searches and rescue operations in three (3) days.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue unit had a busy weekend, responding to four (4) search and rescue operations within a 6 hour period Saturday May 4, 2019, one rescue on Sunday and two operations on Monday.
On Saturday May 4, 2019 around 12:48 PM the Cottonwood, AZ 911 center received a 911 call for a female who had fallen in a climbing accident on Steamboat Rock outside of Sedona, AZ. Sedona Fire responded and requested Coconino County Search and Rescue teams to assist with carrying the injured climber out. Rescuers and fire medics made it to the patient and determined the patient could be moved by helicopter. The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Air Rescue helicopter based in Flagstaff responded. The Air Rescue helicopter with a short haul technician from Sedona Fire were able to move the patient, a 56 year old woman from an unknown city to a waiting ground ambulance. The woman was transported to the Sedona Emergency Center for a back injury.
At 1:30 PM the Flagstaff 911 center received a call from a female hiker who had become lost and stuck on the back side of the San Francisco Peaks at an elevation of 11, 400. A team of 5 search and rescue volunteers hiked up the Abineau Trail taking just shy of 3 hours to reach the lost subject. The rescuers encountered waist deep snow getting up to the subject. Crews were able to provide the subject with warn, dry clothing before walking her off the mountain. The 49 year old female from Flagstaff had gone hiking alone and left early that morning. She intended on climbing up the Abineau Trail until she hit the Waterline Road, then descend the Bear Jaw Trail. The woman was not able to identify the Waterline Road due to the deep snow, and mistakenly continued to climb up to 11, 400 off trail before realizing her mistake.
At 3:23 PM a 12 year old male from Glendale called 911 to report he was lost in the Forest Lakes area in the southern most part of Coconino County. The boy had been camping with his family at Woods Canyon Lake. The boy had walked away from his camp and became lost when he was frightened by some deer. The Sheriff’s Office’s resident deputy in Forest Lakes, as well the Forest Lakes Fire Department and a United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer responded to the area and were able to locate the boy within about an hour of the 911 call.
At 6:02 PM a second 911 call was received for an injured hiker in Chevlon Canyon just outside Forest Lakes. The caller reported their fiancé had suffered an injury as well as a panic attack while on a hike and was unable to get off the canyon. The Sheriff’s Office resident deputy, as well as the Forest Lakes Fire Department and Forest Service law enforcement officer responded to the area. The victim is a 35 year old male from Scottsdale. AZ. The injured hiker had suffered a sprained ankle and rescuers were able to walk the victim out of the canyon.
On Sunday May 5, 2019 Coconino County Search and Rescue received a call from Lifeline Ambulance requesting assistance with a climbing fall victim at Paradise Forks in the Sycamore Canyon area south of Williams, AZ. Lifeline had responded to the original medical call and upon arrival to the scene, found the victim over a cliff requiring a technical response. The Coconino County Search and Rescue team were able to lower a short haul technician and a litter down to the victim by rope. The short haul technician was able to secure the victim in the litter and both the technician and victim were air lifted out of the canyon by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue helicopter based out of Kingman, AZ. The victim, a 24 year old female from Tempe, AZ was transported to an area hospital for treatment of possible broken ankles and other leg injuries.
Early morning Monday May 6, 2019 the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office deputies and search and rescue unit initiated a search for Timothy Coen, a missing 29 year old man from Minnesota. The Sheriff’s Office utilized it’s fixed wing aircraft to search the area west of Valle, AZ on Monday afternoon, locating Coen’s vehicle abandon or possiby disabled in a remote area several miles west of State Route 64. Department Of Public Safety Helicopter was utilized until Dark on Monday Night with negative contact . Ground search crews were able to follow Coen’s tracks throughout the night and continued search efforts into Tuesday morning. Coen had been found by a local resident in a remote, uninhabited area and had given him a ride into Williams, AZ.
On Monday around 4:10 PM the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a subject in the water and possible drowning at Willow Springs Lake outside of Forest Lakes. The Sheriff’s Office resident deputy responded and learned that a 68 year old male, Danny Boyd of Pine, AZ had somehow fallen into the water while fishing the lake from his small boat. The deputy and other fisherman on the lake tried to find Boyd in the water but were never able to see him. The lake was closed to public access. Coconino County Sheriff’s Office requested the Gila County Sheriff’s Office dive team, who were able to locate Boyd’s body in about 18 feet of water.
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