Two Falls in One Week

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — On June 22nd and June 21st, two hikers in eastern and western Colorado are sustaining injuries from drastic falls.

A report of an injured hiker near Snowmass Lake was received by the Pitkin County Regional Emergency Communications Center (PRECC) on June 21, 2012. According to Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the Focus Point Overwatch and Rescue Center forwarded this report to PRECC after obtaining an emergency alert from a SPOT Rescue Beacon.

 The injured hiker was a 27-year-old lady who may have sustained an open leg fracture and a head injury from a 400-foot fall down a steep slope covered in snow and scree. At that time, at least three spectators, including a nurse, were tending to the injured woman.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office notified Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) of the need for a search and rescue mission.  A helicopter was needed to help in the rescue of the hurt woman; therefore, CareFlight of the Rockies was contacted. A CareFlight chopper dropped in a two-person rescue team at Snowmass Lake, and two rescue teams descended onto the scene on foot. The two MRA rescuers who had been dropped off by helicopter made touch with the victim and started treating her wounds. The injured woman was cautiously escorted by MRA rescuers in the direction of the helicopter landing area.

The injured woman was transported by CareFlight chopper to Aspen Valley Hospital at 8:30 PM, where she is currently receiving non-life-threatening treatment for injuries to her right leg and head.

 On June 22, 2022, a call reporting an accident was made to the Boulder County Communications Center at approximately nine in the morning, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. While rappelling at Eldorado Canyon State Park, a 58-year-old female climber plummeted 20 to 60 feet and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses called for assistance and rushed to the area as soon as the incident occurred.

The injured climber was then removed from the area and taken by EMS to an awaiting helicopter while being placed in a litter and full-body vacuum brace.

Unknown circumstances may have caused the fall in this occurrence.


Source: Grand Junction Local News | Two Falls in One Week