Prescott Fire Department firefighters responded to Watson Lake on Sunday afternoon after receiving a report of man falling from a cliff on the west side of the lake near the water’s edge. Two engines, a battalion chief, the department’s technical rescue vehicle, and zodiac boat were all responded to the scene. Two engine companies hiked in to the man while the boat was readied as a possible means of extracting the victim. Crews found a 41 year-old Anthem man conscious and alert, but suffering from impact injuries. The man reported that he slipped while climbing around on the boulders with his wife and three children. He fell 10-15 feet onto more boulders. The man was stabilized on an immobilization board and provided medications for pain management while the boat accessed the nearby shoreline. The two crews carried him to the boat, where he was then taken to the south shore dock and loaded onto an awaiting Lifeline ambulance for transport to Yavapai Regional Medical Center. At the hospital he was further evaluated and it was determined that his injuries were life threatening enough to warrant transport to Phoenix for further treatment. He was transported by ground ambulance to a Phoenix-area hospital.
Prescott Fire Department was able to quickly locate the patient because his wife had called 9-1-1 from the location of the fall. She was unfamiliar with the specifics of the lake and its amenities, but the dispatchers were able to triangulate her phone’s location. With that information, dispatchers were able to send GPS coordinates as well as aerial photos with a pin marker directly to the responding crews. We hope that folks enjoying the outdoors will take precautions to keep themselves safe in the event of an accident. Please have items such as a cell phone, water, food, flashlight, and weather appropriate clothing any time you are recreating in the area.