Rescue Near Lake Dunraven in Rocky Mountain National Park
July 26, 2010
At 10:45 a.m. July 23, a park trail crew working near Lost Lake in the northeast section of Rocky Mountain National Park were notified about an ill 15-year-old male who was hiking with a group past Lake Dunraven at roughly 11,600 feet. Lake Dunraven is approximately 11
miles from the North Fork Trailhead and the young man was another quarter mile south at an unnamed lake. The reporting party called park dispatch from the trail crews’ satellite phone.
The 15-year-old was complaining of chest pain and was nauseous. The young man had asthma.
The trail crew hiked to the location with the reporting party and was on scene at 1:35 p.m. Due to the young man’s condition, conducive weather conditions and an appropriate helicopter landing zone nearby, rangers requested assistance from Flight for Life from St. Anthony Hospital. At 3:11 p.m. Flight for Life reached the helicopter landing zone in Upper Beaver Meadows. At 3:30 p.m. it flew to the location of the patient and landed at 3:57 p.m. At 4 p.m. the helicopter was in the air flying back to Upper Beaver Meadows to pick up their second flight nurse. At 4:14 p.m. they were en route to Medical Center of the Rockies.
Due to the patient’s age his name and hometown will not be released.