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.  

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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