Excessive-speed flyers rescued from Summit County Mountain whereas calls to rescue proceed to rise – CBS Denver

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Summit County Rescue Group rescued a woman from the summit of Peak 6 at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Saturday morning. Rescuers said the woman and two men flew fast in the area.

(Credit: Summit County Rescue Group)

Officials say the group hiked up the trail from Copper Mountain Resort and the men flew down the Copper side. The woman fell while attempting a barrel roll.

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Another group of paragliders saw the woman fall and rushed to her aid. She suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

(Credit: Summit County Rescue Group)

“Speedflying is a sport similar to paragliding that uses a smaller wing designed for descent rather than ascent,” explained SCRG.

A flight for Life crew, with the help of passing hikers, including two paramedics, helped the woman to a landing zone less than a mile from the crash.

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(Credit: Summit County Rescue Group)

She was flown to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Denver.

According to the SCRG, this is their 85th call for 2021, up from 54 this time in 2020. They find that 2020 was their busiest year ever.

(Credit: Summit County Rescue Group)

“Increased crowds in the hinterland mean increased call volume. We all ask backcountry
Recreation seekers need to be prepared, know before going, and carry the ten most important things, including additional ones
Clothing, food and water, navigation tools, shelter, sun protection, a whistle, a light source, materials for making a fire, a first aid kit and, if necessary, a repair kit for equipment and equipment, ”explained SCRG.

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They say the speed flyers were well prepared and had medical equipment and radios with them.

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