Update 4:15 PM: All first responders have made it off the mountain are back at the incident command post.
Update 1:30 PM: A DPS helicopter has just managed to successfully transport injured hiker Kista Franco out of the mountainous area where she was stationed with rescue crews.
Jim Fowler with the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department (FDVFD) says she will likely be transported by Balmorhea EMS to a hospital in Pecos. She was last reported to be medically stabilized, but had lost some blood after suffering an injury while on a hiking trip.
New storms are beginning to build in the area, so it’s possible the rescue crews in the mountains will have to trek out on foot. That process could take the reminder of the day, if not longer – roads in the ranchland near where the crews entered are reported to be rain-soaked and muddy.
Read below for more details as we continue to follow this story.
Update 12:00 PM: Additional rescue workers from the Fort Davis Volunteer Fire Department, Border Patrol and the McDonald Observatory have been dispatched to help carry out injured hiker Kista Franco, if crews decide weather conditions won’t improve enough to send in an airlift.
Jim Fowler with the FDVFD says the decision to hike out or send in a helicopter will likely be made within an hour.
He says crews aim to have Franco out of the mountains by sunset.
Rescue operations are still underway Monday morning for an injured hiker who was stranded in a canyon in Jeff Davis County, in tough, mountainous terrain near Mt. McElroy.
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As CBS 7 reports, 19-year old Odessa resident Kista Franco was hiking with friends when she became stranded in a canyon after an accident:
Kista Franco fell and broke her leg during a hike with two friends, her mother, Sonya Lara, says she is stuck between two steep mountain edges.
Lara said one of her two friends went to get help.
Local EMS received an emergency call Sunday morning at 10 am, and crews were sent in to find Franco and pull her out of the canyon.
Our latest updates indicate Franco was successfully pulled from the canyon Sunday and taken to an area where a helicopter could land. An attempted helicopter rescue was grounded late Sunday because of poor weather conditions, which only worsened as the evening went on.