Two rescued after falling in Rocky Mountain National Park


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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Two people were rescued in separate incidents in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday, officials said Monday.

Both men fell and were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries, the park said in a news release.

At 9:30 a.m., 48-year-old Chris LeGault of Lyons fell 50 feet while backcountry skiing on Sundance Mountain, park officials said. .

Search and rescue crews found LeGault about 11:15 a.m. Crews lowered LeGault down the mountain’s rough terrain and he was taken to Estes Park Medical Center about 7:30 p.m.

The second incident happened about noon on the homestretch on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak after Jesse Keller, 24 from Fort Collins, fell 150 feet.

Keller was able to contact park rangers and told them he was injured but would try to continue on the trail. Rangers attempted to assist Keller on his way down, but they ran into severe weather.

It wasn’t until 8:30 p.m. when rangers reached Keller at the Keyhole. Rangers assisted Keller through Boulder Field and stayed with him through the night.

At 8 a.m. Monday, Keller was flown to Medical Center of the Rockies.  The search and rescue team that aided Keller weren’t assisted down the mountain until 11 a.m.

The conditions of LeGault and Keller were not known.

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