Firefighters with the Phoenix Fire Department performed a "high angle rescue" to save the man in his 50s

By Joelle Goldstein
November 10, 2020 02:46 PM
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Phoenix Fire officials rescuing the man in the mountains
| Credit: Phoenix Fire Department

A man was rescued from a Phoenix mountain trail on Monday after fire officials said he fell off his horse into a "steep canyon."

The incident unfolded on the Telegraph Pass Trail in the South Mountain of Phoenix, according to an Instagram post from the Phoenix Fire Department (PFD).

Captain Scott Douglas with the PFD tells PEOPLE authorities were called to the scene around 9 a.m. local time after an unidentified man in his mid-50s fell off his horse while attempting to summit the mountain with a group of people.

According to Douglas, the man had been thrown off his horse after the animal slipped while walking on granite rocks. As a result, the man suffered multiple cuts and bruises, as well as a possible broken wrist.

Meanwhile, the horse suffered a cut from the fall, "but not severely, and was gathered a short distance down the trail in good condition and spirits," Douglas says.

After arriving at the scene, fire crews had to use ropes, a pulley system and a basket on a large rubber wheel in order to reach the man, according to Douglas.

"Due to the location of where the man landed on a hill with cactus and multiple large rocks, a steep angle rescue was performed by technical rescue crews from the Phoenix Fire Department," the captain explains.

Footage posted by the PFD showed crews spread out alongside the rocky terrain as they worked to perform the rescue and pull the injured man from the "steep canyon."

The PFD also posted several images from the scene, including one that showed the brown horse in a grassy, rocky area with one of the first responders by its side.

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The horse in the canyon
| Credit: Phoenix Fire Department
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First responders in the Phoenix mountain
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Once they reached the man, officials were able to lower him down to paramedics, who then transported him via ambulance to a nearby hospital in stable condition, according to Douglas.

"[He was transported] a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment," Douglas shares. "The man is expected to make a full recovery."

Following the successful rescue, several users commended the fire teams for their efforts in the comments section of the Instagram post.

"Whoa! Great job Phoenix Fire!" wrote one user.

"Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the job!" added someone else.

"Wow! Great work, team!" another user said.