Third Quarter Accidents and Rescues

Third Quarter Accidents and Rescues

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July 17th, 2007, 9:29 pm #1

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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

July 17th, 2007, 9:30 pm #2

An unfortunate incident in the San Rafael Swell.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_6393423
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

August 9th, 2007, 9:06 pm #3

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Another NC waterfall death

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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

August 14th, 2007, 1:34 pm #4

An unfortunate incident in the San Rafael Swell.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_6393423
Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Rescuers Save Life Of Injured Climber

On Wednesday, August 8th, park staff rescued a seriously injured climber in the Lumpy Ridge Area of the park. Just before noon, a 36-year-old visitor from Boston suffered a serious injury to one of his legs in a rock fall in the descent gully between Batman Pinnacle and Batman Rock. Rangers, including a park medic, reached him about 90 minutes later. The first part of the carryout involved a difficult, 200-foot vertical lowering. The remaining 800 vertical feet from that point was a mix of steep terrain, including large boulders, scree and loose rock. At 7:20 p.m., the victim was flown by Flight for Life to Medical Center of the Rockies. Due to aggressive patient management, park personnel are being credited with saving both life and limb. Approximately 17 park staff were involved in this incident. [Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]
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Joined: January 22nd, 2004, 5:48 am

August 16th, 2007, 2:49 pm #5

An unfortunate incident in the San Rafael Swell.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_6393423
Zion National Park (UT)
Injured Canyoneer Rescued In Highly Technical SAR

Canyoneer Jim Turner, 47, of Salt Lake City, sustained serious injuries when he fell about 40 feet while completing the last, 100-foot rappel on the popular Pine Creek route on Monday, August 13th. Turner’s brother rappelled down to him, determined that he was too injured to make it out on his own, and hiked out to report the incident, making contact with rangers just before 8 p.m. While a team was assembled to undertake the lengthy and highly technical 400-foot raising required to extricate Turner from the canyon, ranger/paramedic Rob Wissinger hiked to Turner’s location and determined that he was stable enough to survive the night with additional treatment and supplies. A second medic and other rangers hiked to Pine Creek and spent the night with Turner. Rescue plans were modified to assure that a safer, daytime rescue could be completed the following morning. The SAR team employed a Norwegian reeve highline to lower the litter and raise Turner and his attendant. He was lifted 400 feet to a window in the side of the Mount Carmel Tunnel, pulled through the window, then taken by park ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center, where he was found to be suffering from a fractured back, a bruised lung, and strained pelvic ligaments. The extrication was completed around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Plateau district ranger Ray O’Neil was the operations chief. [Submitted by Bonnie Schwartz, Chief Ranger]


Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Seriously Injured Hiker Rescued From East Inlet Trail

On the morning of Saturday, August 11th, Casey Plank, 25, of Seattle, Washington, was seriously hurt while bouldering alone about two miles up the East Inlet trail. She initially fell 10 to 15 feet, then rolled another 20 to 25 feet down loose talus rock and scree. Fortunately, a hiker along the trail heard her fall and called for help via a cell phone. Plank suffered numerous serious injuries and contusions. A number of park staff, with assistance from Grand County Search and Rescue, conducted a low-angle rescue and evacuation over the difficult terrain. The carryout took more than three hours. Plank was flown to St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver by Flight for Life. [Submitted by Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer]
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 6:42 pm

August 17th, 2007, 6:07 pm #10

This was an absolutely pointless death. The man above felt the desire to trundle a rock and carelessly and negligently didn't look at what was below him. Never trundle rocks without knowing what's in the fall line.
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