Rangers dealt with two medical emergencies and a falling fatality within hours of each other last Thursday:
Late that morning, park dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a 79-year-old man on the Gem Lake Trail was showing symptoms of a significant medical emergency. Rangers reached him at noon and carried him out on a litter. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby meadow, where a life flight helicopter picked him up and flew him to Boulder Community Hospital.
A 47-year-old Colorado man who was descending Andrews Glacier with some friends around 2 p.m. slid approximately 100 feet down the glacier onto some rocks. The person who called the incident into park dispatch reported that he wasn’t moving. A park trail crew was in the area and reached the man’s location shortly thereafter. His body was flown out and then transferred to the county coroner.
At about the same time, park dispatch received a cell phone call reporting that a 74-year-old man was experiencing some distress near Fern Falls, roughly three miles from the Fern Lake trailhead. Rangers left the trailhead about a half hour later and met the man and his friend hiking down the trail. He reached the trailhead around 5 p.m. and declined ambulance transport.