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Helicopter Rescue After Glissading Accident on Andrews Glacier in RMNP

August 11 2004 at 9:25 AM
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Response to August 2004 Accidents/Rescues

 

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)
Rescue of Injured Hiker

Richard Mercado, 40, of Huston, Texas, sustained serious head injuries in a fall on Andrew’s Glacier on Monday, August 2nd. Mercado was reportedly sliding down the glacier on a plastic trash bag when he spun out of control and hit some rocks along the edge of the ice. Park dispatch received a cell phone call reporting the accident. A park entrance station employee happened upon the scene and provided additional information via radio. Rangers began a hasty response up the trail while simultaneously arranging for a rental helicopter from Geo-Seis out of Fort Collins. SAR personnel and equipment were flown to a landing zone near the base of the glacier. They joined the rangers who came up the trail in providing advanced life support. Mercado was flown from the glacier to a hospital by a St. Anthony’s Flight for Life helicopter from Denver.
[Submitted by Mark Magnuson, Chief Ranger]
http://data2.itc.nps.gov/morningreport/morningreportold.cfm?date=08%2F11%2F2004

 
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