Flagstaff, AZ – July 13th, 2019 at approximately 11:55 am, Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the Lava River Caves located off forest service road 171 and conducted a technical Rescue of a 43 year old female who sustained a possible hip injury from a fall. Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue with the assistance of Guardian Medical and Ponderosa Fire Department responded to the Lava Caves located off of forest service Road 171 after receiving a call of a 43 year old woman out of Phoenix who had fallen and sustained a possible left hip fracture. Due to the injury the patient was unable to walk out. Rescue units arrive on scene and removed the patient by technical rescue and a basket carry out at 2:00 pm. The female was then transported to Flagstaff Medical Center for her injury.
Due to rocky and slippery conditions inside the cave the patient slipped and fell causing her injuries. The Sheriff’s Office reminds all visitors to wear proper footwear, warm clothing and lighting when traveling in the Lava Caves. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Guardian Medical and Ponderosa Fire District for their assistance in this rescue.