Backcountry accidents keep Grand County Search and Rescue busy |

Backcountry accidents keep Grand County Search and Rescue busy

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Grand County Search and Rescue had a busy few days recently.

On Friday, July 9, they responded to a call in Rocky Mountain National Park for a plane crash. On Sunday, July 11, they were in the Grand Lake area rescuing a local man with a broken leg, and on Monday, July 12, they were up by Corona Pass helping a woman who had been injured while hiking, said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.

The Sunday rescue was more than a seven-hour ordeal for Granby resident Paul Soukup, 62, who had headed up the Kauffman Creek drainage near Gravel Mountain to spread the ashes of an Army friend who served in Vietnam, Johnson said.

Soukup tripped over a branch or a downed log on his way back down and broke his leg. The call came in to the sheriff’s office around 12:45 p.m. Grand County Search and Rescue and Grand County EMS responded and didn’t clear the scene until almost 8 p.m.

Soukup was transferred by ambulance to Granby Medical Center.

Grand County Search and Rescue is always seeking new volunteer members. For more information call Greg Foley at 531-1555.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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