YCSO Search and Rescue

YCSO conducts extensive rescue for woman and horse that fell from trail


A rescue team helps airlift a woman who fell off her horse while trail riding at Groom Creek. The patient is being raised to the helicopter with use of stabilizer line.
(Photo courtesy of YCSO)

GROOM CREEK – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) rescued a 39-year-old woman who fell off her horse near an area off Senator Highway in Groom Creek on August 18.

The horse and ride rolled down a hill when the horse lost its footing on Trail 301, and the woman broke her collar bone in the accident. A deputy and medical personnel hiked more than two miles before locating the victim, and decided that she needed to be airlifted from the scene, according to YCSO.

Pictured: DPS medic being lowered to the patient. (Photo courtesy of YCSO)

“The Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter team arrived just after 1:30 p.m. and lowered a DPS paramedic to the victim and rescue personnel,” a press release from YCSO stated.  “The DPS medic secured her in a rescue harness and she was airlifted to a pre-designated landing zone for transfer to ground ambulance.”

YCSO deputies reported that the horse survived and is expected to be fine.

“A working cell phone with good service was a lifeline for the victim,” YCSO stated about the rescue.  “No cell service in some of these remote areas would require the use of a personal locater beacon utilizing satellite technology.”

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov.