Fatality among multiple incidents in Rocky Mountain National Park
Andrews Glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park (image: AmericanSouthwest.net)
LARIMER COUNTY — Several incidents were reported in Rocky Mountain National Park Thursday, including one man who was killed when he fell from a glacier.
The National Park Service is reporting that a 47-year-old Castle Rock man, was descending Andrews Glacier with a group of friends when he slid approximately 100 feet down and landed on a bed of rocks. Park officials received the call at approximately 2:10 p.m., but did not reach the man until about an hour and a half later. The man was dead when emergency crews arrived.
His body was transferred to the Larimer County Coroner and his identity will be released after his family is notified.
Two other incidents were reported in the park Thursday. Emergency services responded to men over the age of 70 on both calls.
At 11:17 a.m., park officials received a call from a 79-year-old Missouri man who was “showing symptoms of a significant medical emergency” one mile from the Lumpy Ridge trailhead, according to officials. He was transported to a nearby meadow and airlifted by St. Anthony Flight for Life to Boulder Community Hospital.
There has been no report on the man’s current condition.
Approximately two and a half hours later, park officials responded to a call that a 74-year-old Longmont man was “experiencing some distress” near Fern Falls. When authorities arrived, the man declined ambulance transport.