Kanab guide Bruce Speer happened to be in the right place at the right time to assist an injured woman on a guided hike near the Wave last Friday.

According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, a 64 year-old female fell February 23 on the rocks near the Wave, a sandstone feature on the slopes of Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area. What has become a ‘bucket list’ hike in northern Arizona near the Utah border for many, is also a remote, dangerous place to be injured.

Fortunately for the victim, the woman’s husband was able to alert Speer, a guide for Grand Circle Tours and member of the Kane County Search and Rescue team. While he was guiding others at the time, Speer was able to attend to the woman, call dispatch and provide preliminary first aid.

Classic Air Helicopter of Page landed near the woman’s accident site, and transported her to Page Hospital for treatment of a possible broken knee.

Speer said if the helicopter wasn’t used, it would probably be a 12 hour hike to carry the wounded victim to the trailhead.

Speer added it’s possible to get to the Wave without a guide, but hikers are better off with one, because all guides are trained in first aid.