Injured climber rescued with help of Colorado Army National Guard Black Hawk

American Medical Response, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and the Colorado National Guard prepare to transport a climber from a Colorado National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter.


By KIERAN NICHOLSON | The Denver Post | Published: June 12, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — A 22-year-old climber who was severely injured in a fall on Mount Neva and a Colorado Army National Guard helicopter helped Thursday in the rescue effort.

At about 8 a.m. the Boulder County Communications Center received a report from a family member that an emergency alert GPS device had been activated by the injured man who was climbing solo, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Rescuers used the GPS coordinates to locate the injured climber who had fallen about 1,300 feet down a snow field, the release said. He hit rocks in the fall and suffered serious lower body injuries.

Search and rescue teams, on the ground and from the air, using Flight For Life Colorado, reached the man and aided him while awaiting a guard Black Hawk helicopter with a hoist. The Black Hawk flew the man to Boulder Airport where a waiting ambulance took him to a local hospital.

“Although he was climbing by himself, he did have proper safety equipment with him, including the handheld GPS device and an orange rescue blanket, both of which helped rescuers to be able to quickly locate him,” the release said.

The rescue took about four hours. The sheriff’s office, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, Nederland Fire, American Medical Response, Flight For Life Colorado and the Colorado Army National Guard took part in the rescue.

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