Church group leader airlifted out of Rocky Mountain National Park
July 24, 2008
A 42-year old man from Berthoud was airlifted from Rocky Mountain National Park a little after 4 p.m. Thursday.
He and another adult were leading a church youth group for a backpacking trip along the Chapin Creek Trail off Old Fall River Road in the northern part of the park.
The man began experiencing severe chest pains approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead at 10,500 feet.
The other group leader ran back to the trailhead and drove up Old Fall River Road to Alpine Visitor Center to report the emergency.
Park dispatch was notified by a ranger from the Alpine Visitor Center at 2:20 p.m. Two rangers arrived at the Chapin Creek Trailhead around 3 p.m. They arrived on scene with the victim at approximately 3:30 p.m.
A St. Anthony’s helicopter based in Summit County arrived on scene at 3:45 p.m. A litter team of nine park staff, along with a paramedic, were also en route in the event the helicopter was unable to land at the high elevation.
At 4:07 p.m. Lifeguard II flew the victim to Medical Center of the Rockies.
The other members of the group plan to continue their backcountry trip.
No further information is available at this time.