GCSAR and MMRT sent to help a hiker near Monarch Lake
August 15, 2016
On Saturday, August 13 Grand County Dispatch was notified that a woman was suffering from debilitating abdominal pain on the Cascade Creek trail, three miles up from Monarch Lake. Notification came from the her DeLorme inReach device which not only provides GPS coordinates in an emergency, but also provides satellite text messaging capability.
Two teams from Grand County Search and Rescue (GCSAR) and EMS Mountain Medical Response Team (MMRT) were sent to locate and assist the woman, Erica Civils of Westminister.
The first team on scene included two medics from the MMRT. Shortly after, a team of GCSAR members was sent in with a litter and litter wheel. The teams found the woman hiking down the trail, but still very weak and dehydrated from an unknown illness.
Civils was able to walk out to the trailhead on her own.