Rangers rescue injured man in Rocky Mountain National Park
June 3, 2011
A 53-year-old Arizona man with traumatic injuries requiring advanced life support care was evacuated safely from Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday.
A Park trail crew working near Calypso Cascades in the Wild Basin area was notified by a park visitor that the man, from Chandler, Ariz., had fallen near Ouzel Falls. The trail crew reached the man 30 minutes later and found another visitor assisting the injured man, who was not yet identified as of Friday afternoon.
A park medic reached the injured man at 5 p.m. A team of 20 rangers and the trail crew assisted by seven Rocky Mountain Rescue volunteers brought the man down through deep snow on a rescue toboggan and then used a wheeled litter for the lower section of the trail. Larimer County Search and Rescue also provided rescuers.
The man was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
Park officials stress that while the cause of this accident is still under investigation, backcountry users should be aware that unusually deep snow and high water in the backcountry are creating hazards not always present at this time of year.