Search and Rescue busy with lost hunters
October 25, 2007
The last few days have been especially busy for Grand County Search and Rescue, which has been called upon to assist with emergency situations in the backcountry.
Every fall, the rescue teams are usually kept hopping by reports of lost or injured hunters in Grand County. And this fall has been no exception.
Over the past week, the teams have been called upon four different times to search for overdue or lost hunters. All of the missing individuals were either found or walked out of the woods on their own.
In addition to handling local searches, Grand County Search and Rescue sent two of its members on Monday, Oct. 14, to join the search for a missing hiker in the Mount Holy Cross wilderness area near Vail. At about 1 p.m. that day, one of the search teams located the hiker, who had survived for two days in the area, which had been covered by a foot of snow.
Last Saturday, Grand County Search and Rescue was called out again, this time to respond to the report of hunter who had reportedly collapsed and was unconscious.
A team from Grand County Search and Rescue, along with a Grand County EMS ambulance team, responded to the victim’s location about 10 miles west of Kremmling off the Chimney Rock Road.
Before the rescuers arrived on the scene, a Grand County Sheriff’s dispatcher provided assistance over the phone to fellow hunters on how to perform CPR in an attempt to revive the unconscious hunter. When the rescuers finally arrived, the attempt to resuscitate the man continued but was ultimately unsuccessful.
Dennis Doty, 57, of Denver was pronounced dead at the scene. Members of the Grand County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene and assisted the joint Rescue/EMS team in bringing his body out of the backcountry.
The cause of Doty’s death remains undetermined, pending the results of an autopsy.