Hypothermic hiker rescued in Neversummer Wilderness
July 9, 2015
A 15 year-old hypothermic and severely dehydrated hiker stranded near Bowen Lake in the Neversummer Wilderness was rescued yesterday evening by local first responders.
The subject, whose name has not been released by local authorities, recently traveled to Colorado from Texas and hiked to Bowen Lake, elevation 11,600 feet, with a camping group including 10 people. The group of campers had a satellite phone and were able to call for search and rescue.
Members of the Grand County Search and Rescue Team (GCSAR) and the Mountain Medical Response Team (MMRT), part of Grand County EMS, converged on Bowen Lake after receiving the initial call about the hiker at 12:25 p.m. The rescue efforts were staged out of On the Trails Rentals in Rocky Mountain National Park with the company supplying the rescue teams with three ATVs for immediate deployment.
The rescuers were forced to hike the last four miles of the trail to Bowen Lake on foot, covering an elevation gain of over 2,000 feet. Rescue teams located the hiker in a camp at Bowen Lake. They began administering fluids and the subject's condition improved. The rescue teams then transported the hiker back down to On the Trail Rentals where he was transported by ambulance to Middle Park Medical Center where he was listed in good condition.
"Today's mission is a great example of the tremendous partnership between the Grand County Sheriff, Grand County EMS, Grand Lake Fire, GCSAR, and companies like On the Trail, who support our team with resources when needed," said John Sanderson, President of GCSAR.
The rescue efforts Wednesday took approximately seven hours total and included 11 members of GCSAR, two from the MMRT, three from the Grand County Sheriff's Office, and resources from Grand Lake Fire and others entities in support roles.
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