Woman rescued after falling into river in Rocky Mountain National Park
July 6, 2009
Monday morning, a 54-year-old woman from Enid, Okla., was posing for a photograph next to Glacier Creek along Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park when she slipped and fell and was swept 15 to 20 yards downstream. She was able to pull herself up on a rock and hold on to a shrub. Her husband drove to Moraine Park Visitor Center to get help.
Rangers were able to use a rope to get a life jacket, helmet and additional clothing to the her.
Assisting park rangers were Estes Park Dive Rescue, Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department and Estes Park Ambulance.
Dive Rescue deployed an inflatable boat to reach the victim and assist her to dry land. Bear Lake Road was closed, between Hollowell Park and Park and Ride, for almost an hour because of the incident.
The woman suffered from hypothermia and a broken wrist and was taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.
Mountain streams can be dangerous, especially after all of the spring runoff and continued moisture in the park. Visitors are reminded to remain back from the banks of streams and rivers and provide proper supervision for children, who by nature, tend to be attracted to water. Rocks at streamside and in the stream are often slippery and water beneath them may be deep. Powerful currents can quickly pull a person underwater.