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Flagstaff, AZ- On June 19th at 7:20pm the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of stranded hikers in Munds Canyon south of Flagstaff. The group was comprised of one an adult male and three juveniles after they split from a larger group of ten hikers. The group had intended to hike Munds Canyon from I-17 to Oak Creek. After realizing they had underestimated the distance to Oak Creek Canyon, they attempted to return to their vehicle near I-17. The group became exhausted and unable to return to their vehicle as it became dark.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit personnel responded to locate and assist the hikers. A search and rescue team was able to make voice contact with the hikers at approximately 6:00 am and then were able to make access to the hikers using a rope rescue system at approximately 7:45 am. The hikers were assessed and provided with additional supplies and then assisted in ascending out of the canyon via a rope system. Once at the top of the canyon the hikers were provided with a ride to Schnebly Hill Road where they were reunited with family members. None of the hikers required any medical attention.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit would like to remind outdoor users to be prepared for their activities by researching the details of their trip including trail conditions and hazards as well as carrying the appropriate safety equipment which includes:
Extra Clothing for the Conditions
Navigation Equipment (map, compass, GPS)
First Aid Kit
Shelter Material (space blanket or large leaf bag)
Signaling Equipment (whistle and signal mirror)
Fully Charged Cell Phone and Extra Battery
In addition, outdoor users should leave a detailed trip itinerary with a trusted person so that if the group does not arrive or make contact as expected authorities know where to begin a search.
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