Medical Fatality Near Savage River Campground
Vito F. Capobianco, 59, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died from what appears to be natural causes on a Denali Natural History Tour bus near the Savage River Campground on Thursday, July 16, in spite of the lifesaving efforts by bystanders and personnel on scene.
The National Park Service received a report at 8:19 a.m. Thursday morning that a park visitor was suffering an unknown medical problem on the concessioner-operated bus stopped near the Savage River Campground at mile 13 of the park road. Ranger-medics and an ambulance were immediately dispatched from park headquarters. While enroute, the park’s communications center received a second call indicating that the person was not breathing and that CPR was in progress. Upon arrival, rangers found Capobianco in full cardiac arrest with several medically trained bystanders and concessioner employees administering care. Ranger-medics performed advanced cardiac life support measures in an attempt to restore a pulse, but were not successful. After 35 minutes of emergency lifesaving effort, CPR and other efforts were terminated.
Capobianco's wife was accompanying him. His remains were released to the Office of the State Medical Examiner.
Did You Know?
Warmer average temperatures over several decades have resulted in expansion of woody vegetation. If this warming trend continues, it will change Alaska's ecosystems and drastically alter the physical appearance of Denali's landscape, as treeline marches higher up the mountains.