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Visitor Dies In Fatal Slide On Andrews Glacier

Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.          



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