Grand County rescuers save woman hit by falling tree
A hiker on the Knight Ridge Trail along the north side of Arapaho Bay on Lake Granby was injured when a falling tree hit her, just before Thursday’s intense storm in the Granby area.Someone called into dispatch at 2:30 p.m. that Martha Hut, 64, of Granby, had an ankle injury from having been hit by a falling tree. A storm front came in and winds started blowing extremely hard when Hut saw a tree about to fall and tried to jump away but fell and the tree struck her, according to information the patient gave to Grand County Emergency Medical Services.The tree was about 18 inches in diameter, said Nowell Curran, EMS captain.”The trail was approximately 300 feet up a 70 percent steep grade from the water’s edge,” Curran stated in a press release. “During patient care on scene, weather became severe with high winds, hail, lightning, thunder and rain.”Grand County Search and Rescue, Granby Fire and the EMS Mountain Medical Response Team were at the scene.Search and Rescue personnel lowered Hut in a litter from the trail down to Lake Granby. She was then transported via a Forest Service patrol boat to an ambulance waiting at the boat launch.”With the three agencies that responded, EMS, SAR and Granby Fire, a plan was quickly put together and was executed,” said EMS Captain Don Koogle. “We train for this, which made this extrication the success that it was. The weather on the other hand is something that we always have to adapt to, and we did.”- Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603
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