Custer County Search and Rescue carried an injured hiker from the Lake San Isabel area just inside Pueblo County after she slipped on rocks while hiking with friends last Thursday.
Seven local SAR members on foot and two on ATVs dispatched to the scene at 17:15 on May 31. Another three SAR members remained at search base to provide support.
The out-of-town female, whose name was not released, reportedly had been hiking with three others when she lost her footing along the water and sustained a possible broken ankle. They were hiking in the rugged canyon below the Lake Isabel dam.
The injured women was quickly located, however, transporting her was difficult due to rough terrain. According to local SAR captain Bob Pruiksma, it took two hours to carry the injured woman some three-tenths of a mile due to difficult terrain and several creek crossings.
Members from the Rye fire department and Pueblo SAR were called to assist, as were four more local SAR members.
Flight for Life was also on stand-by, however, the helicopter was not needed.
The hiker was transported via a Custer County ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo where she was expected to make a full recovery.
Local SAR members returned to town at 23:00.
(Courtesy of The Wet Mountain Tribune)