MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave County search and rescue volunteers have had a busy week. Units with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue group were deployed twice Sunday and again Monday to search for injured and stranded people.
On Sunday, a paraglider crashed near Interstate 40 and State Route 95. Search units responded to the crash around 4:45 p.m., where they found the pilot with some visible abrasions.
The pilot said he was trying to take off and was about 10 feet off the ground when the wind shifted, blowing him to the ground. His family was nearby, and they called for help. The pilot was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
A few hours later, search volunteers were deployed to the Arizona Strip area after hikers became stranded near Cedar Pockets. According to reports, a 37-year-old man and his five-year-old son were hiking to the site of an old plane wreck when they became disoriented in the dark. The man reportedly told his rescuers that he must have taken a wrong path and ended up on a cliff, unable to get out. Technical rope rescue teams responded from the sheriff’s office, along with a helicopter from the Department of Public Safety, which performed a “one-skid maneuver” to rescue the father and son.
On Monday, search and rescue units were deployed to the Hualapai Mountains to rescue an injured hiker who had fallen near the old Gold King Mansion.
The man was hiking with his wife when he fell and was unable to hike back to their vehicle. The man’s wife went back to a nearby ranch and called for help.
Search volunteers found him a couple hundred yards from Blake Ranch Road as he was attempting to hike back to his origination point.
They then helped him back to the command post, where he met with his wife and went home.