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The rescue team completed two short-haul airlifts for each hiker with a Backcountry member in tow after safely securing them for the ride. The stranded hikers were flown to a landing zone at the Ranger station where the ill man was checked by paramedics. The second individual, who had stayed behind to care for his ill friend, told rescuers he twisted his ankle, making the second airlift necessary to avoid further injury. (Photos courtesy of Yavapai Sheriff’s Office)