This most likely isn’t the worst helicopter rescue of all time, but it probably is close.
Firefighters were called to help a 74-year-old hiker who’d suffered an injury on Piestewa Peak, in the Phoenix Mountains Tuesday morning. According to a FOX 10 Phoenix report, it was determined that “the best course of action” would be to airlift the woman to an area trauma center. This type of rescue requires strapping the victim to a gurney hanging from the bottom of a helicopter and taking her out.
What happens next is terrifying. Apparently, a line that was supposed to help prevent the gurney from spinning didn’t work and the gurney, with the woman on it, it starts to spin violently as they are taking her out.
The woman was transported to an area trauma center for evaluation and during a news conference Tuesday afternoon officials reported that she suffered no ill effects from the spin, aside from a bit of dizziness and nausea.
Check out the video below. I’ll warn you, it’s hard to watch.
WILD HELICOPTER RESCUE: It was a bit of a bumpy ride this morning when firefighters say a 74-year-old woman had to be flown off of Piestewa Peak after she suffered an injury while hiking.STORY: http://bit.ly/2WlfHIg
Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Tuesday, June 4, 2019