On Sunday, 9/12/10 just after noon we
received a callout for a 34 year old female injured in Salome
Canyon. She was suffering from a painful dislocated shoulder,
and possibly some other injuries.
put out the OneCall callout and organized the mission. A
number of TRSAR members, including several rope rescue team
members, were down on the lower Salt River training for
swiftwater rescue. I took 4 members from the swiftwater
training and headed north, while other TRSAR members headed
south to Salome Canyon which is on the north side of Roosevelt
Based on the typical sketchy information we get for remote
canyon rescues, we geared up for a vertical rescue out of the
middle of the canyon. It was about a 2.5 mile hike in with
gear. We found a location directly above the subject with some
great rope anchors for a lower/haul system and a belay. We
rigged the litter, then sent the litter and attendant over the
side. Tonto Basin Fire Dept was with the subject and prepped
her for the vertical ascent out of the canyon.
she was secure in the litter, we hauled her and the attendant
up by rope. The subject was in much pain during the
extraction. During the ascent, progress had to be temporarily
halted while additional pain meds were administered.
The rope team
had to continually reset the haul line due to the restrictions
of the location, but after 15 or 20 minutes the subject was up
and over the edge of the gorge and then taken to the Ranger
helicopter for transport to a hospital. Fortunately, DPS was
able to land a helicopter close by.
All personnel involved, including family members of the
subject then walked the two and a half miles out of the area
and arrived back at the Command Center at sunset.
Thanks to Bill
Pitterle and Jim McMillion for the narrative.