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Interagency Response to Injured Hiker at Badlands

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Date: June 8, 2013
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?

The rugged badlands topography

To the Lakota, this harsh and desolate landscape was known as "mako sica," meaning “land bad." Early French trappers similarly described the area as “bad lands to travel across." Today, geologists consider all the places in the world with similar topography and formation badlands.