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Woman Airlifted from Arizona Mountain Goes on the Ride of Her Life

Hikers know that there’s a risk of injury when they’re out on a mountain. When a 74-year-old woman went hiking on Piestewa Peak in Arizona and suffered facial lacerations, wrist and hip injuries, and possibly even a fractured nose from a spill on the mountain, she didn’t what would happen during her rescue.

As an emergency helicopter hoisted her up, a combination of forces led to the ride of this poor woman’s life.

The helicopter’s propellors created enough wind to send her stretcher spinning wildly as first responders lifted her up into the helicopter. Phoenix Fire Department Captain Kenny Overton told the Arizona Republic that rescues that go this badly don’t happen that often.

Overton said rescues in which something like this happens are considered rare, but crews at the fire department train for events like this.

“In this case, we were still able to successfully complete the hoist and get the patient to the hospital in stable condition,” Overton said.

Fortunately, the hiker only suffered a little dizziness and nasuea, and the unfortunate rescue didn’t complicate her injuries.

If you’re satisfied enough that she’s in good hands and enjoy a little cruel comedy, check out the comments on the tweet of the news story. There are plenty of obvious but still funny jokes about the rescue, but there’s also a few nice digs at the coverage of the incident.

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