CONTACT INFORMATION Name: Paul J Miller
Contact phone, pager, etc.: 970 302 9461
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 Release Time: Immediate
What: Three Rescues in Three Days
Narrative: It started with a page at 6:55 pm Saturday evening June 30th, 2012. Douglas County Search and Rescue was called to Castlewood Canyon State Park near Franktown. A 35 year old mother, her daughter and friend called 911 to say they were lost in the Park. Five, Teams on foot were deployed and one of the Teams found the hikers shortly after departing Base. All were in good shape and they were safely escorted back to their vehicle. 23 DCSAR members were assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and some personnel from Castlewood Canyon. Everyone was out of the Park by 9:30.
While training Sunday July 1, 2012 on Rampart Range near Devils Head, DCSAR was dispatched to an ATV accident on Trail 677. They located an injured rider about 2.2 miles down the trail from Sugar Creek Road. The patient was a 60 year old male visiting from Nebraska. Preliminary field exam indicated serious injuries. The patient was wearing a helmet, but that came off when the accident occurred. The patient was packaged and taken ¼ mile up the trail to a landing zone and loaded into an AirLife helicopter. 12 DCSAR members responded from the training and deployed on foot along with two ATV’s. Jackson 105, Castle Rock, and West Douglas Fire Departments assisted and played a vital role in this rescue operation. The mission started at 11:20 am and all parties were out of the field by 4:00.
On Monday July 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm, DCSAR was paged for the rescue of a dehydrated hiker on the Colorado Trail. Initial contact was a message from the hiker to a family member via a SPOT Satellite device and not an emergency transmission (no coordinates were obtained). The family member tried to reach the patient, but because of poor cell coverage, they called 911. DCSAR and DCSO calculated the coordinates and inserted at Russell Ridge off Colorado Highway 67. This is approximately 10 miles west of Sedalia. The 18 year old hiker was found about a ½ mile into the search and was treated for mild heat exhaustion, given plenty of fluids. After a short rest period the patient walked out on their own power.
The Search and Rescue Teams in Colorado are all volunteer and do not charge for the services.
DCSAR is looking for new members and will be holding a new membership meeting on Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. It will be in the CSU Building, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, 80104. Contact Bruce Fosdick for more information at 303 688 2751. www.dcsarco.org