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Daring rescue operation saves 9-year-old boy

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TUCSON, Ariz. -

An Arizona boy was airlifted by helicopter after he became caught under a boulder in the desert on Sunday.

Gates Pass is a popular place for hiking and watching sunsets, but it became a daring rescue operation involving the 9-year-old child.

Akio Evans became trapped while hiking with his grandmother.  He describes seeing a desert tortoise and leaning on a boulder -- before the rocks came tumbling down, trapping him.

Take a look at the video.  You can see Evans being airlifted on a stretcher to an area hospital.  He says it was a ride and an experience he'll never forget.

"Yeah, it felt like I broke my leg.  I never felt anything more painful because I've never broken anything," he said.  "Yeah, I was just screaming my head off."

Luckily, he didn't have a broken leg, but it was banged up.  He's expected to be on crutches for awhile.

Video: FOX 10's Ron Hoon reports.

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