Sedona AZ (January 13, 2018) – On January 11, 2018 at approximately 7:45am, a 15-year-old male was rescued from the south aspect of Capitol Butte (aka Thunder Mountain) in Sedona by the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) Back Country Unit (BCU) aided by a DPS Ranger Helicopter.
The day prior, January 10, 2018, at approximately 9AM, the teen left home alone wearing only a small back with minimal water and food, leggings, shorts, a hooded sweater, baseball cap and running shoes. His intentions were to summit Capitol Butte, a long time goal. Note: Capitol Butte is the most prominent landmass in the immediate vicinity just north of down town Sedona with little to no summit trails. Once reaching the summit of the Butte, the teen became disoriented and could not find the route back down. At approximately 12:30 PM, the teen called 911 requesting help. At this time his phone was down to 1% battery life and communications with rescuers were brief before losing contact. When he called 911, his GPS coordinates were identified and he was told to remain stationary and allow rescue personnel to come to him. Read More→