Hiker rescued from South Mountain trail after rattlesnake bite

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Phoenix Fire crews had to rescue a man on South Mountain after he was bit by a rattlesnake Saturday. 
 
“His location was unclear at the time [so} we sent crews from multiple points of the mountain,” said Capt. Aaron Ernsberger with the Phoenix Fire Department.
 
Phoenix Fire rescue crews made their way to the patient and treated him before airlifting him to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
 
“The rattlesnake could pose a threat to us, [so] we take the victim away from the area so we can do treatment [and] that’s exactly what we did,” Ernsberger said.
 
It's unclear how the bite happened...
 
“He seems like he’s done everything right,” Ernsberger said. “He had a plan, he communicated that. He was able to call to us...”
 
Still, Phoenix Fire says it's another reminder about safety on the trails.
 
The hiker had a charged cell phone, which helped teams locate and rescue him.
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