Injured man evacuated from Rocky Mountain National Park backcountry
July 15, 2010
Rocky Mountain National Park personnel were able to come to the assistance of an Indiana man who broke his leg almost 10 miles from a trailhead in the northeast corner of the Park on Wednesday, July 14.
Park rangers received a call at about 5 p.m. Wednesday from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center, indicating they had received an emergency activation from a SPOT device in the Park. Rangers determined from the latitude and longitude coordinates that the device had been activated near Lost Lake in the northeast section of the park.
At 6:50 p.m. two park rangers, including one parkmedic, flew with the pilot and helicopter crew member from the Grand Teton National Park helicopter staged in the area for the Cow Creek Fire, to the general area where the SPOT had been activated.
The crew was able to see people on the ground needing assistance. At 7:15 p.m. park rangers reached 27-year-old Matt Martin from Syracuse, Ind. Martin had slid 30 yards on a snowfield to the west above Lost Lake and suffered a broken leg.
Lost Lake is about 9.7 miles from the North Fork Trailhead.
At 8:45 p.m. the patient and parkmedic flew with the pilot to a helispot in the park near Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Martin was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
Due to nightfall, the other ranger and helicopter crew member remained overnight at a backcountry patrol cabin in the northern part of the park. Martin’s camping companion remained overnight at their backcountry site.