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Helicopter pilot performs one-skid ‘hot landing’ to airlift sick hiker from side of mountain

By Andrew Pinckney, St. George News | Posted - Sep. 30, 2019 at 1:47 p.m.

ST. GEORGE — A hiker became sick while exploring the area near Snow Canyon and had to be rescued from the side of a mountain by air rescue this weekend.

At around 3 p.m. Saturday, dispatch was notified by a group of hikers on Red Mountain that their companion had fallen ill, complaining of general sickness and nausea and could no longer continue hiking. Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team members, including Washington County Emergency Services Director Jason Whipple, were sent in hiking to investigate.

Whipple told St. George News the team assessed the man, believed to be in his 20s, and provided some minor medical treatment. At that point, bearing the rough terrain in mind, they decided it wouldn’t be feasible to hike him back down.

Read the full article at St. George News.

Andrew Pinckney

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