Teenager, woman rescued in 24-hour span at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Crews work to rescue a 13-year-old girl in rugged terrain in Forest Canyon of Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday, July 20, 2015. (Photo: Rocky Mountain National Park)

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — A 13-year-old girl and a 43-year-old woman were rescued in separate incidents between late Sunday and Monday night at Rocky Mountain National Park, park officials said.

About 7:30 p.m. Sunday, park rangers responded to a call that a 13-year-old girl from Estes Park had suffered a leg injury in Forest Canyon. The girl’s father climbed to higher ground and “was fortunate to get cellphone coverage,” the park said in a news release.

More than 30 park personnel and one member of the Alpine Rescue Group reached the girl and her father between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Monday.

“It was difficult to find the patient in steep, rugged, off-trail terrain,” the park said in the release. “The general area had also been impacted by the Fern Lake Fire, which posed additional challenges for rescuers to traverse through this area after dark.”

The girl was brought up 150 to 200 feet over a rock cliff to a flat area where a helicopter landed to take the girl to Upper Beaver Meadows helispot about 4:30 p.m. She then was transported to Estes Park Medical Center.

The girl’s identity was not released because she is a juvenile and her father will not be identified, the park said. The girl’s condition was not released.

As crews were wrapping up the rescue of the girl, park rescue personnel were notified about 5:15 p.m. of a 43-year-old woman with a leg injury near Emerald Lake.

Crews reached the woman, whose hometown was unknown, about 7:45 p.m. and she was carried out on a wheeled litter to Bear Lake Trailhead. She was then taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center.

Her identity and condition were not released.

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