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Rangers Rescue Seriously Injured Hiker

Capitol Reef National Park

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The park received a 911 SPOT (satellite personal tracker) signal from Upper Spring Canyon near Chimney Rock early on the afternoon of May 2nd. A hasty team of rangers hiked the four miles from Chimney Rock to the SPOT signal location and made contact with the party of seven backpackers who had sent the signal. A member of their group, 57-year-old Russell Teets, had scrambled up a narrow, rugged side canyon, then fallen 20 to 25 feet when some rock shifted, sustaining significant injuries.  Due to the remote and vertical terrain, the Grand Canyon National Park helicopter and short-haul crew were requested.  While preparing for evacuation, a crew of six park employees stabilized, packaged, and moved Teets to a suitable short-haul site. The short-haul evacuation was completed to the Chimney Rock trailhead, from which point Teets was transferred to a local ambulance. He was found to have a dislocated hip, three broken ribs, and several skull fractures.  The rescue operation lasted nine hours and involved thirteen Capitol Reef and Grand Canyon employees.



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