Man rescued after fall at Grand Canyon
Monday, June 22, 2009
A 60-year-old Boulder, Colo., man was rescued this morning after he slipped and fell while hiking in the Grand Canyon.
The man was climbing in a drainage off of the South Rim's popular Bright Angel Trail approximately 2 miles below the rim when the incident occurred. A member of his hiking party called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to dispatchers in the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center. The caller reported that although the man only fell a short distance, he had landed on
his head and he appeared to be disoriented. Park rangers responded and immediately began treating the man for his injuries.
Because of the location and the type of injuries, rangers called for the park helicopter and transported the man to a nearby helispot using a short-haul operation. The procedure involved a rescuer on a fixed line with the patient, both extended below the helicopter. Once at the helispot, rangers then loaded the man into the helicopter and flew him to the South Rim Helibase. From there he was flown by a Guardian air ambulance to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where he is being treated for his injuries.
Approximately 18 National Park Service personnel were involved in the incident.
Wonder if this is in what my husband and I call the amphitheater. There is a drainage going between switch backs at the 2 mile corner area... On the east side of the canyon...