On Tuesday, December 29, a hiker, Warren Maddox from Oro Valley, slipped and fell off a thirty foot cliff while hiking in Ventana Canyon outside Tucson. Mr. Maddox suffered incapacitating injuries from the fall and Pima County Sheriff’s Office emergency services were contacted.
Pima County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue Unit. Ranger 52 responded to the area and inserted a medic and deputies to stabilize the victim. After Mr. Maddox was stabilized the crew of Ranger 52 performed a short haul rescue, removing and taking him approximately 5 miles to a safe location. Mr. Maddox was transported to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson for treatment.
Troopers from the Air Rescue remind hikers to always plan ahead to insure a safe and enjoyable experience. Be prepared for the unexpected and any emergency. Let someone know where you are going, never hike alone, have a friend with you, be prepared for possible changes in the weather, have the proper equipment available and carry plenty of water.