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Two Hikers Rescued In Separate Same-Day Operations

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Park rangers successfully completed two rescue operations on Friday, July 6th. In both cases, rangers worked through monsoonal rain, hail and lightning to find and rescue the visitors. William Pinch III, 51, of Arvada, Colorado, became separated from his family near the campground at Sandbeach Lake in the Wild Basin region of the park and was reported missing by family members around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Rangers found Pinch about 5 p.m. on Friday after they’d heard him blowing a rescue whistle. He was dried off and warmed up by rescuers on scene and was able to walk with rangers to the trailhead, about four-and-a-half miles away.  He was then transported to Estes Park Medical Center for non-emergency care. In another incident on Friday, rangers at the Longs Peak Ranger Station were notified at about 1 p.m. of an injured man on the Estes Cone Trail.  At about 2:45 p.m., they reached David Solzman, a 78-year-old visitor from Chicago, and found that he had an ankle injury. They treated his injury onsite and assisted him on horseback to the trailhead. Solzman got himself to the Estes Park Medical Center for treatment shortly after 5 p.m.



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