11/15/2013 3:19:00 PM Parachute fails, base jumper hurt and stranded
A base jumper was stuck 300 feet up Lee Mountain, 600 feet from the top. (Photo courtesy Sedona Fire District)
The patient, a 27-year-old man from Prescott, was carried by rescuers to a UTV and then an ambulance after being rappelled off the mountain. (Photo courtesy CCSO)
Verde Valley Newspapers
A base jumper from Prescott trying to navigate off of Lee Mountain near Sedona landed in big trouble when his parachute malfunctioned.
Rescue crews from Sedona and Coconino County were called to the scene just after 1 p.m. on Monday. They discovered the 27-year-old man had crash landed on a ledge 600 feet below the top of the mountain and 300 feet from the bottom.
The result was a 10-hour rescue operation.
Emergency personnel responded by foot and DPS helicopter. The rescuer rappelled down to the man and treated him for his injuries. He than rappelled with the patient the rest of the way down the mountain.
Other rescuers were there to carry him to a waiting utility terrain vehicle (UTV). He was driven to a Sedona Fire District ambulance at a trailhead and then transported on to Flagstaff Medical Center.
According to Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rex Gilliland, "The DPS Ranger helicopter was instrumental in this operation, conducting five flights from aerial assessment of the area, to inserting personnel and later equipment recovery."