SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – A wounded hiker is alive and well thanks to a helicopter rescue crew. The woman got stranded Saturday afternoon while hiking in the Ladrones Mountains, northwest of Socorro. A Socorro County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Socorro Fire Department paramedic reached her on foot and cared for her until a New Mexico State Police helicopter arrived.
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According to State Police, an NMSP rescue specialist was lowered down to the hiker where she was hoisted which took place at 9,100 feet. The injured hiker was airlifted to an ambulance and she was transported to a hospital for injuries which were reported by authorities as non-life-threatening though her current condition is unknown.
In a statement posted to the NMSP Facebook page, NMSP Chief Tim Johnson explained that the actions of the first responders likely saved the hiker’s wife. “I’m very happy to hear of another successful rescue mission by the hard-working members of the NMSP Aircraft Section, and local first responding partners. The response of ABLE 7 and its crew most certainly saved this hiker’s life,” said Johnson in a statement.