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    Rocky Mountain

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Multiple Incidents In Rocky Mountain National Park Including A Fatality On Andrews Glacier

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Date: July 13, 2012
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

At 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, Rocky Mountain National Park dispatch received a cell phone call reporting a 47-year-old male from Castle Rock, Colorado, had slid approximately 100 feet down Andrews Glacier landing in rocks. He was not moving. A park trail crew was in the area and reached the man's body at 3:35 p.m. The man was descending the glacier with friends when the incident occurred. Andrews Glacier is above Loch Vale in the Glacier Gorge area of the park. It is roughly 5 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead.      

The victim's body was flown to a helispot in Glacier Basin Campground at 6:15 p.m. His body was then transferred to the Larimer County Coroner. The man's name will be released after next-of-kin are notified.      

At 1:49 p.m. park dispatch received a cell phone call that a 74-year-old male from Longmont, Colorado, was experiencing some distress near Fern Falls which is roughly 3 miles from the Fern Lake Trailhead. Rangers left the trailhead at 2:30 p.m. and met the man and his friend hiking down the trail. At approximately 5 p.m. the man reached the trailhead and declined ambulance transport.                 

At 11:17 a.m. park dispatch received a 911 call that a 79-year-old male from Ballwin, Missouri, was showing symptoms of a significant medical emergency. He was one mile from the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead on the Gem Lake Trail. Rangers reached the man at noon. He was carried out on a litter to the trailhead then driven in an Estes Park Medical Center ambulance to a nearby meadow, where St. Anthony Flight for Life was waiting to fly the man to Boulder Community Hospital.  

Did You Know?

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There are accessible trails which are good choices for visitors interested in adjusting to the park's higher elevations, groups that include young children, visitors with visual impairment and anyone who finds walking on level, relatively smooth paths attractive.