Rescuers Reach Teen Who Survived 65 Foot Fall
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A teenage girl survived a 100 foot fall west of Fort Collins on Monday morning.
The 16-year-old was hiking with friends at daybreak when she fell into a crevasse near Horsetooth Rock and was injured.
Police say the emergency call came in at approximately 7:25 a.m. and a large search and rescue team was quickly assembled.
“Poudre Valley Hospital EMS received reports that a patient slid about 50 feet down a steep embankment and fell 15 feet down a very steep, narrow crevice,” Poudre Valley Hospital EMS spokesman Wyandt Holmes said.
The girl, whose name has not been released, suffered a leg injury and was in the process of being rescued later in the morning.
Authorities in Larimer County said medics reached the girl and that she is alert. They said the plan is to lift her out of the crevasse and then fly her by helicopter to a hospital.
Holmes said it “took quite a while to safely get to the patient, deliver aid to the patient, and most importantly get them out.”
Authorities said the girl was doing the hike to celebrate the last day of her summer break with classmates and that her parents knew she was on the hike.
There is no foul play suspected in the incident.
Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that the teen fell 100 feet, which was what authorities were originally reporting.