Teenager Required Flight for Life After 400-Foot Fall Off 14er Longs Peak, Colorado

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A 15-year-old was rescued in Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Credit: Rocky Mountain National Park)

A 15-year-old boy from Boulder who was injured in a fall between the two highest peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado had to be rescued by helicopter on Saturday.

The boy bell 400-feet in the Loft area between Mount Meeker and Longs Peak early on Saturday Rocky Mountain National Park officials said. The steep terrain is covered with a mix of snow, water, and rocks.

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Longs Peak and Mount Meeker via ‘The Loft’. Credit: 100summits

The boy suffered several injuries and members of the Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team reached him about 9 am to give him advanced medical care. A Colorado National Guard helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base was flown him to extricate the boy in a hoist operation. He was transferred to a Flight for Life air ambulance that took him to a hospital.

Officials didn’t release his name or condition.


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