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Injured hiker rescued on Gates Pass trail

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Northwest Fire District technical rescue personnel used a "Stokes Basket" to rescue the injured hiker. Northwest Fire District technical rescue personnel used a "Stokes Basket" to rescue the injured hiker.
The hiker who was injured, on left, takes a photo with her friend right before she fell. The hiker who was injured, on left, takes a photo with her friend right before she fell.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Northwest Fire District technical rescue crews assisted an injured woman who had fallen while hiking on a trail in Gates Pass west of Tucson.

The 31-year-old woman was taken out on a "Stokes Basket" and transported to the University of Arizona Medical Center for treatment of an unspecified leg injury.

She and her friend had water and cell phones, which Northwest Fire said was helpful in alerting rescuers to their location, which was about a mile up the trail.

A "Stokes Basket" is a metal gurney affixed to a large off-road wheel that allows rescuers to roll the victim along a trail.

Northwest Fire says now that temperatures are climbing, it's a good time for hikers to remember:

-Use the buddy system

-Never out-hike your capabilities.  You should consider the trail difficulties and hike within your limitations

-Wear proper hiking footwear, dress in layers, use sunscreen

-Always bring extra water, drink often.  Avoid alcohol before and during a hike

-Always have a charged cell phone with you. 

-Always tell a friend or family member your plans and return times, let them know when you are safely back

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