Fire crews remain busy with mountain rescue calls - KMSP-TV

Fire crews remain busy with mountain rescue calls

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A gorgeous day outside has led to an increase in mountain rescue calls for valley fire-fighters.

In one case, a bicycle rider collapsed. Despite efforts from good Samaritans, he did not survive.

Phoenix Fire said they expect many calls this time of year, including some fatalities.

One rescue, today, was a bit unusual, a man was hanging by his fingertips from a cliff.

He nearly fell, and fire-fighters had to carry him down the side of the mountain.

"The part that was a little out of the box was just having him truly, kinda geckoed on the rock there for a few minutes with nothing on him," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Bobby Dubnow.

Crews said that the man appeared intoxicated and was facing a 100 foot drop to the ground.

Rescue crews were able to harness him into a rescue basket where he was taken down the mountain.

There were several other rescues across the valley. In the Dreamy Draw area, they found a man who was riding a bike that had fallen on the ground.

Paramedics gave him CPR, but officials say he later died.

Another hiker had to be walked down a mountain near San Gabriel Avenue & 40th Place.

As temperatures rise, crews expect to see an increase in rescue calls.

"Know your limits, make sure you're prepared for it, Make sure you tell someone where you're going, and don't go off the trail and start climbing on these cliff faces unless you got the training and equipment to do that," said Capt Dubnow.

In Scottsdale a 15 year-old was injured riding his mountain bike in the Scottsdale preserve, he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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