BOULDER, Colo. — A CU-Boulder student’s roommates may well have saved his life Wednesday night after he wandered off into a record-breaking snowstorm, reportedly considering suicide.
A 19-year-old man hiked into Boulder’s Chautauqua Park about 11 p.m., in the midst of a storm that brought six inches of snow and 15-degree-below-zero temperatures to the area, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The man’s roommates, who believed he was suffering from some sort of emotional disturbance, reported the incident to police and then went looking for him. They discovered his backpack near the Bluebell Shelter in the park, then began searching from there, BCSO said.
Between the victim’s roommates and three law enforcement officers from various agencies, they were able to locate the man. Officers were able to warm him and evacuate him to the hospital by ground ambulance.
The man was badly frostbitten and severely hypothermic, but was “likely” to survive, police said. His condition was not released.
“While we discourage individuals from engaging in such a rescue effort without the proper training, equipment, and resources in place, especially on such a bitterly cold, dark night, the victim’s roommates’ courageous efforts … likely saved their roommate’s life,” BCSO said in a statement.