The Wellton Fire Department has released additional information about Wednesday afternoon's rescue near Telegraph Pass of a stranded man who was extracted by a search and rescue unit from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

According to Battalion Chief David Rodriguez, at approximately 12:50 pm, the Wellton Fire Department and Tri-Valley Ambulance were dispatched northeast of Telegraph Pass and Ligurta Station in reference to an ATV injury collision.

The man, whose name has not been released, had been riding an all-terrain vehicle in the area when he rolled it in an inaccessible location.

Upon their arrival, firefighters and Tri-Valley medics walked through rugged terrain carrying their apparatuses in an attempt to get to the stranded man and the location where the wreck happened, Rodriguez said.

At that point, Wellton police and the responding fire chief arrived with their 4x4 vehicles and transported the firefighters and medics as far as the vehicles could travel.

Once they arrived to a point at the base of the mountain, all personnel still had to hike approximately 200 yards uphill before reaching the injured man.

Rodriguez said upon making contact with the patient, they found the patient stable but unable to get up or walk. He appeared to have sustained injuries to his chest and legs.

The patient stated he was traveling on his ATV when he crashed and it rolled onto him. Due to the remote area, the MCAS Yuma Search and Rescue Unit was called to assist.

Upon arrival, the aircrew lowered a basket and the patient was loaded and reeled up off the ground into the helicopter.

Once the patient was on board, he was safely transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center.

It was previously reported that Rural/Metro was involved in the rescue, but that information was inaccurate.

James Gilbert can be reached at or 539-6854. Find him on Facebook at or on Twitter @YSJamesGilbert.

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