Teen endured injuries, hypothermia after 80-foot slip, fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Posted at 7:11 AM, Jul 18, 2019

A 19-year-old had to be airlifted to a local hospital after she slipped and fell in Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, park rangers were notified that a 19-year-old female from Missouri had slid and fallen on a steep, snow-covered area of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park officials said the woman slipped around the upper Andrews Creek area and, after sliding about 80 feet, landed in rocks. She had numerous injuries from the fall and was suffering from hypothermia when the RMNP Search and Rescue Team reached her around 3:30 p.m.

The team provided advanced medical care for the woman. They decided that because of their location and her injuries, they would need help from a Colorado National Guard helicopter.

The helicopter was able to extricate the teenager with a hoist operation around 8 p.m., with the help of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group of Boulder County.

She was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows and was transferred by ambulance to a local hospital’s emergency room.

Her condition is unknown.