Incidents In Rocky Mountain National Park
On Monday, September 12, at 3:15 p.m. park rangers were notified via cell phone that a 60-year-old woman from Texas had taken a 15 foot tumbling fall at Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was later determined she was at Lake of Glass which is 4.5 miles from the Bear Lake Trailhead.
She was hiking with a family member. The two bystanders who called stayed and helped care for the woman. Two park rangers, including a park medic, reached the injured woman at 5:19 p.m. She had multiple traumatic injuries. Once it was determined that the patient could be moved and had possible serious injuries, rangers began planning for a helicopter operation to evacuate the patient. After moving the patient to a landing area on the east side of Lake of Glass, a St. Anthony Flight for Life helicopter from Summit County was able to land and fly the patient from the area prior to night fall to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver.
At 4:23 p.m. park dispatch was notified by park staff of a 61-year-old man, hometown unknown, who was having a severe food allergy reaction near the bridge at Bear Lake. Park rangers reached the man at 4:45 p.m. An ambulance and paramedics from Estes Park Medical Center responded at 4:49 p.m. The man was treated on scene and declined to be taken by ambulance from the area.
At 6:24 p.m. park rangers were notified of a 55-year-old man from Ohio who fell in to the water near Alberta Falls. One family member ran to the Bear Lake Trailhead for assistance and another family member assisted him down the trail until he could no longer proceed. Park rangers reached the man at 6:41 p.m. He had numerous injuries including hypothermia from falling in the water. He was roughly ¼ mile from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. An ambulance and paramedics from Estes Park Medical Center also responded. The man was brought down the trail by a park litter team at 8:34 p.m., who were staged for the first incident, and reached the Bear Lake Road at 8:50 p.m. He was then taken by ambulance to the Estes Park Medical Center.