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Man Who Broke Both Arms Previous Week Breaks Knee on Mount Royal in Colorado

August 13 2004 at 8:52 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to August 2004 Accidents/Rescues


Frisco man walked into the forest with two broken arms - and returned to town with two broken arms and a possible broken knee.

According to Mike Schmitt of the Summit Rescue Group, the man and his friend were hiking up Mount Royal Tuesday afternoon when the man apparently fell on the trail and injured his knee. He had broken both arms the previous week; one was in a cast and the other was waiting to be stabilized before going into surgery.

The man, who moved to Frisco about five weeks ago, was hiking near Masonville, a historic mining site on the east side of Mount Royal, when he fell. The man's friend was incapable of helping him down the steep, rocky trail.

It is possible alcohol was involved in the incident, Schmitt said.

Also exacerbating the rescue operation was that rescue teams couldn't locate the injured man.

"They apparently passed him," Schmitt said. "They were supposed to be looking for someone on the trail. They weren't calling out for him because they expected to see him. But the second team ran into him on the trail."

Search team members splinted the man's leg, placed him on a wheeled litter and took him to the bottom of the mountain where paramedics took him to Summit Medical Center for further evaluation.

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