Interagency Response to Injured Hiker at Badlands
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 605-441-3903
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - Park Rangers received a 911 call at approximately 7:15 p.m., reporting a 35-year old Pine Ridge, SD man had fallen down a steep ravine from the Cliff Shelf Trail in Badlands National Park.
Interior Volunteer Fire Department arrived first on scene where they discovered the patient lying off trail, approximately 40-feet down a steep ravine. He was conscious and complaining of shoulder and back pain. Responders used a vertical raise to lift the man up to the trail. All agencies involved used extreme caution to protect the injured party and themselves during this difficult rescue effort. Darkness, rough terrain, and recent heavy rains added to the complexity of the incident.
Responding agencies included Interior Volunteer Fire Department, Kadoka and Wall Ambulance companies, Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Pennington County Search and Rescue, Rapid City Regional Medical Center Black Hills Life Flight, and the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Four species of wildlife have been reintroduced into the Badlands since its establishment as a National Monument in 1939. The black-footed ferret, bighorn sheep, bison, and swift fox, once exterminated from the area's mixed grass prairie, are again thriving in their native habitat.