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Life Lost at Big Bend National Park

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Date: November 24, 2008

Carole Ford, 65, of Edwardsville, Kansas, died from a heart attack on November 14th while in the Rio Grande Village Campground. Ford was found sitting at her campsite by park volunteers who started CPR and attempted to revive her. Park rangers responded to the scene immediately upon notification and continued unsuccessful attempts to revive her. Rescue attempts included use of an AED, CPR, airway management, and medications.

“We are truly saddened by this tragic death,” stated Superintendent William E. Wellman, “and offer our condolences to the Ford family and friends.”

Did You Know?


Traveling through the Big Bend during the 1860 camel experiment, Lt. William Echols reported that camels did well in the desert, but that they suffered from sore feet. “I would recommend to any one using the camels over rough country, in case of tender feet, to shoe them with a piece of raw hide…” More...