ATV Accident Near St. Elmo

Chaffee County Sheriff Press Release, July 31, 2017 On July 30th at 1725 hours the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an ATV accident on FS Road 295, which is in the St Elmo area. Deputies from the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office and Chaffee County EMS responded to the accident. Upon arrival responders found a male, Joshua Fisher, age 23 from Peyton, Colorado, pinned under the ATV who was suffering from numerous injuries. Fisher was evacuated from the scene via air ambulance. A female, Erin Orr-Scheel, age 21 from Colorado Springs, Colorado, had been ejected from the ATV and was unresponsive. CPR was performed on the victim, however she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chaffee County Coroner responded to the scene and transported the victim to Salida,...

SAR teams, chopper rescue hiker near Tabeguache

Sam Liebl, The Mountain Mail | July 26, 2017 Chaffee County search and rescue teams and a helicopter rescued a hiker with severe injuries Thursday from above Browns Lake near Tabeguache Peak. The hiker suffered injuries at around noon while descending a snowfield, according to a press release issued Friday by Chaffee County Search and Rescue-North, which did not identify the hiker. Two of the hiker’s siblings hiked out to the Browns Creek trailhead and called 911 at 4 p.m. A REACH Air Medical Services helicopter responded to the scene, but the helicopter’s crew reported the hiker was on a steep talus field and would require a technical evacuation, the release stated. A helicopter flew three Chaffee County Search and Rescue-North members to the scene to provide medical attention and to haul the hiker 900 feet up the slope to a place where the helicopter could land. Search and Rescue members dispatched six vehicles up Baldwin Creek to set up a radio relay and evacuate the remaining four family members and the technical team. A team of hikers was also on standby at the Browns Creek trailhead in case weather prevented the helicopter from evacuating the injured person. The hiker was airlifted off the mountain at 8:56 p.m., the rest of the hiker’s party joined the motorized team at Browns Lake at 9:15 p.m. and everyone involved in the rescue was out of the field by 2 a.m....

Search and Rescue logs busy week

Max R. Smith, Chaffee County Times Reporter, July 20 2017| Summer weather and visitors are beginning to tax volunteer-staffed Chaffee County Search and Rescue-North, which has responded to three dozen missions this year. CCSAR-N president Scott Anderson said there has been an uptick in the frequency of calls this year. “I believe that social media has increased the popularity of the 14ers without stressing the reality of the difficulties,” Anderson said. A long week for volunteers began when a search for an overdue hiker on Mount Antero led Chaffee County Search and Rescue-North on a mission that lasted through the night Friday into Saturday morning, July 8, according to CCSAR-N president Scott Anderson. “It’s just a huge area to cover,” Anderson said. A call came in at around 7:15 Friday night that the hiker was overdue. Sheriff’s office vehicles couldn’t get up to the Baldwin Gulch trailhead for several hours because of mudslides (on CR 162), Anderson said. Once they were able to get to the trailhead, they found the hiker’s vehicle still empty. SAR then sent an ATV team up the mountain. “It was 1:50 in the morning before they even started up the trail,” Anderson said. The ATV team searched the main route of the trail first, waking and interviewing every camper they came across. At 4 a.m., they reached the summit without finding the missing hiker. The team then decided to prepare a second operational period to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday once the sun had come up. This time, ATVs and jeeps went up every trail to the summit. A hiking team went up Brown’s...

ARKANSAS RIVER RAFT ACCIDENT

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Press Release; June 28, 2017 On 06/27/17 at 2:27 pm the Chaffee County Communications Center was contacted in regards to a male who had fallen from a raft in Browns Canyon on the Arkansas River. According to the caller the male had been retrieved from the river in the area of the Widow maker rapids, a class 3 section of water, and CPR was being administered to the victim. Members of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Chaffee County search and rescue, Salida Fire Swift Water Rescue and Colorado Parks and Wildlife responded to the scene. Upon arrival rescuers contacted parties who were on a private raft trip who stated they were in the area of the Widow Maker rapids when the victim fell from the raft. After a short distance the male was retrieved and CPR was immediately started. Chaffee County EMS, Chaffee Fire and Chaffee Search and Rescue North located the victim and CPR was continued. After attempts to revive the victim failed the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, The Chaffee County Coroner and took possession of the victim who was then transported to Salida. Identity of the victim will be made available to the public after family is located and...

Chaffee County Search and Rescue responds to several incidents

Guinne Stropes, Mountain Mail Intern, June 16, 2017 Chaffee County Search and Rescue North helped three people involved in medical emergencies Tuesday at the Zoom Flume rapid in Browns Canyon National Monument and Wednesday at Browns Lake. “Tuesday we kicked off the river rescue season when a commercial raft client was thrown from a boat in the Zoom Flume rapid in Browns Canyon National Monument and required medical evacuation. We helped EMS get to the subject and we got the subject out,” Search and Rescue North posted on its Facebook page Wednesday. Tom Waters, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area operational manager, said the victim is a 75-year-old woman, but the situation is currently under investigation so no names may be released. Search and Rescue North was called to Browns Lake by Mount Antero Wednesday after receiving a call at 2:15 p.m. about a medical emergency on the west end of the lake. A team of two hikers began the 6-mile hike to the location. “They began to hike to the location of the 57-year-old male but determined, from descriptions of his condition given to them by other hikers, that the best and easiest way to get him down safely was to call for a helicopter,” said Scott Anderson, president of Chaffee County Search and Rescue North. Tom Moore, a Search and Rescue North crew member, said the man was on a trip with a Boy Scout group from Texas. A team of seven was sent up shortly after the first team but was delayed after discovering another group of hikers who were experiencing a medical emergency. “One of the hikers,...