Rocky Mountain National Park hiker who died in fall identified
Sky-Hi Daily News
With wire reports
A sixty-six year old man from Fort Collins was killed in a fall above Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park last weekend.
On Saturday, June 7, witnesses watched the man take a tumble at least 500 feet on a steep snow slope above the western edge of the lake, according to the Park.
From a cell phone, a witness called the Park at 3 p.m.
When witnesses reached the man 15 minutes later, he had suffered massive trauma, had no pulse and appeared to have died during the fall, according to Park-released statements.
Rangers arrived on scene at just after 5 p.m.
The man’s identity was confirmed at 8 p.m. when rangers were able to access his identification from his vehicle. Larimer County Deputy Coroner Greg Fairman says Richard Frisbie had multiple injuries, including a broken neck.
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that Frisbie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963 and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
The accident occurred about 2.5 miles from the Bear Lake trailhead.
Rangers reached the trailhead with the victim’s body at 10 p.m.
He was wearing crampons and a helmet.
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