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8/5/2012 6:01:00 AM
Air ambulance aids in Golden Valley climber's rescue
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Tri-state Care Flight assisted the Golden Valley Fire Department and River Medical personnel during a mountain rescue Thursday afternoon after a man reported being swarmed by bees while hiking.
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Tri-state Care Flight assisted the Golden Valley Fire Department and River Medical personnel during a mountain rescue Thursday afternoon after a man reported being swarmed by bees while hiking.

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


A man who was stung by bees more than a dozen times while scaling a Golden Valley mountain was rescued by air Thursday.

The unidentified 43-year-old man was hiking up the mountain to reportedly place a flag at the top when he called 911 around 1 p.m. to report that he had been swarmed by bees.

Golden Valley Fire Capt. Dave Martin activated the Golden Valley Technical Rescue Team for the 45-minute hike up the mountain, which was located in the area just south of Kofa Road off of Highway 68. Martin also called for the Department of Public Safety Air Ranger but learned that the helicopter had already been dispatched on a separate mission.

Martin then called Tri-state Care Flight, which responded to the area and spent about five minutes hovering above the scene before finding a safe landing spot.

The man was then plucked from the top of the mountain and delivered to waiting Golden Valley Fire crews and RMI paramedics on Kirkland Road before being transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center with an estimated 17 bee stings.

A River Medical employee who aided in the rescue had to be taken to the hospital as well for undisclosed injuries that were said to be non-life threatening.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Article comment by: jist me, walkin

very doubtfull they were africanized.
Africanized would have been much more aggressive and alot more stings.
probably just to close to the hive of normal western bees


Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Article comment by: Warren AO

Wow. A similar thing happened near Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, resulting in the death of one of three climbers:

http://azdailysun.com/news/national/hiker-dies-after-bee-attack-in-phoenix-area-canyon/article_5cd35a05-08d5-5d76-897e-2f52e4c2b922.html


Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Article comment by: Dean Freeman

I know this area, and there is a big slab of rock that leans up against the cliff face, and thats where the hive is. I've heard that rock humm very loudly, scarry. Thats the hard way to get up there, and what was he doing up there alone? At 43 he should know better. Thank God for the responders.
Muleskinner


Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: MedFlight911 MedFlight911

On behalf of MedFlight911 we’re keeping this brave hiker in our thoughts. We also would like to applaud Tri-state Care Flight, Golden Valley Fire Department and River Medical personnel for their tremendous teamwork to bring this man back to safety. http://t.co/ZkBZ6MhN

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Article comment by: Bee Ware

2 questions, were they Africanized and what might the climber have done to upset the bees..
I always though you would not find a hive too far from a water supply of some kind.
I hike some around here and have had some thoughts about being attacked remotely, mostly worry about snakes though...


Posted: Monday, August 6, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

Just wondering....anyone have an idea what the bill for the private helo will be? And who pays for it?

Posted: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Article comment by: paul paul

the flag was already up on the mountain before hiker went up



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