Skip to comments.Video: Woman spins wildly during Piestewa Peak helicopter rescue
Posted on 06/05/2019 9:08:04 AM PDT by simpson96
PHOENIX The Phoenix mountain rescue of a hiker in her 70s created a stir Tuesday when video showed her rescue basket spinning wildly under the helicopter that carried her to safety.
Video of the Piestewa Peak rescue on ABC15s Facebook page had more than 2 million views within six hours of being posted.
First-responders with the Phoenix fire and police departments said extreme spinning was rare during whats called a hoist rescue, but theyve seen it before and have a plan for how to handle it.
Sometimes when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, it will start to spin, so we have a line attached to the basket to help prevent that, Phoenix Police Chief Pilot Paul Apolinar said during a press conference.
Today, it didnt.
Pilot Derek Geisel, who was flying the Phoenix police rescue copter Tuesday morning, said his crew implemented techniques it has learned from previous incidents to mitigate the spinning.
Once we got the forward flight, the spin got quite a bit less to the point where they were safely able to bring the patient up to the aircraft, he said, adding that the landing zone was about a half-mile from where the woman was picked up.
After landing, the patient was treated for dizziness and nausea from the spinning, but the effects werent serious, according to Capt. Bobby Dubnow, a Phoenix Fire Department technical rescue technician who was on the helicopter.
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between the one last week leaving her cell phone in her car, then promptly getting lost for 2 weeks...and now this one ..74 years old hiking alone. I give up....
Maybe they knew she was a democrat and wound up the hoist cable.
Oh the posh posh travelin’ life
The travelin’ life for me
Slow news day, so the media spins a spin.
Now that is one Hell of a ride she will Never Forget!! Still Laughing!!!
The spinning helps to clear the emesis. You wouldn’t want her lying there in it in the basket.
I said shaken, not stirred.
And the music’s so loud it spins him around
‘Til his soul has lost its way
And as she turns the volume down
He’s getting smaller with the sound
It seems to pull him off the ground
Toward the radio he’s bound
Never to be found
Good lord...that looks like a really bad carnival ride...
“....the patient was treated for dizziness and nausea from the spinning, but the effects werent serious,...”
...Except for the major Power Spew she ralphed all over the inside of the chopper... spraying like a fire hose...
That ol’ black magic’s got me in its spell...
...in a spin; and lovin’ that spin I’m in...
that’s gotta be brown trouser time
Yeah, I was thinking that kids at the amusement park pay good money on rides that spin like that.
Looks like she got spinning in the same direction as the main rotor and then the closer she got as they winched her up, the faster she spun.
“The Windmills of Your Mind” (Michael Legrand, composer; and Alan & Marilyn Bergman, lyrics)
Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever-spinning reel
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