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Hikers Rescued In Rocky Mountain National Park

Park rangers successfully completed two rescue operations in Rocky Mountain National Park last Friday, July 6, 2012. William Pinch III of Arvada, CO, 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, July 5. Park rangers found Pinch about 5 p. m. on Friday during a search 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 4 ½ miles away. He was then transported to Estes Park Medical Center for non-emergency care. Park rangers had been searching for Pinch since early Friday morning.

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. rangers discovered David Solzman, a 78-year-old man from Chicago, Ill, with an ankle injury on the trail. Rangers treated Solzman’s injury onsite and assisted him on horseback to the trailhead. Solzman transported himself to the Estes Park Medical Center for treatment shortly after 5 p. m. In both cases park rangers worked through monsoonal rain, hail and lightning to find and rescue the park visitors.

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