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Posted on: April 19, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Two Flagstaff Men Stranded in Paria Canyon

Media Release made on 4/18/13 at 8:52 pm

Flagstaff, AZ – Two Flagstaff men one seventy two years-old and one seventy-six years old are currently stranded in the bottom of Paria Canyon at an area commonly referred to as the “Narrows”. Crew members aboard an Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Helicopter were able to fly the area and make visual contact with the two individuals.

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 at about 11:39 a.m. the Coconino County Sheriff’s office received a call from National Park Service Glenn Canyon Dam personnel reporting the two stranded victims. According to the caller he received notification from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center regarding an emergency signal they received from a Personal Locator Beckon (PLB) that was registered to a seventy-six year old Flagstaff resident. According to this private vendor the PLB was equipped with a GPS device that allowed first responders to identify the general area where the victims were located. A Corporal who serves as a coordinator for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit requested the assistance of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Crew and Helicopter. The Crew flew Paria Canyon and spotted the two victims in a portion of the Canyon called the “Narrows”.

Rugged terrain and steep inclines prevented the helicopter from landing however the crew members were able to see that the victims were ambulatory and one of them was flashing an S.O.S. signal with a flashlight.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team members will be flown by helicopter to an area of Paria Canyon where the aircraft can safely land. Rescuers will begin their approximate five mile hike to the victim’s location. Due to dark conditions, rugged terrain, steep inclines, water, mud and quick sand in the canyon floor it is anticipated it will take about five hours for team members to reach the victims. Team member will identify and treat their injuries and prepare the victims for transport. Once rescuers have accessed the victim’s conditions a decision will be made regarding the method used to extract them from the canyon. Depending on the victims medical stability rescuers may decide to spend the night in the canyon with them and begin the patient transport process early Friday morning during daylight conditions.

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Media Contact: Gerry Blair, PIO Coconino County Sheriff's Office, 928-226-5089

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