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Woman survives 400-foot fall at Snowmass Lake
June 23, 2022
A 27-year-old woman plummeted 400 feet, suffering an open-leg fracture and a head injury along the way, down a scree- and snow-covered slope near Snowmass Lake on Tuesday afternoon.
Fortunately, among the bystanders that stayed and watched over her until rescuers could arrive was a nurse, according to a news release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Global Overwatch and Rescue Plan, an assistance program in partnership with FocusPoint International that gives participants access to a 24-hour crisis hotline, forwarded the report of the incident to Pitkin County emergency dispatchers at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday. The FocusPoint Global Overwatch and Rescue Center had received an emergency message from a SPOT Rescue Beacon, the release explains.
Within minutes, the sheriff’s office notified Mountain Rescue Aspen of the need for a search-and-rescue mission, and by 4:50 p.m., local responders alerted CareFlight of the Rockies of the situation. A two-person team got to Snowmass Lake by helicopter at 6:15 p.m., and two other rescue teams entered the field on foot at the Snowmass Creek trailhead. Snowmass Lake is located just east of 14,099-foot Snowmass Mountain in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.
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