Boston woman rescued on Ellingwood


ALAMOSA -- A 23-year-old Boston, Mass. woman was rescued by search and rescue teams Sunday night on Ellingwood Point, after she slipped on a snowfield and slid down over 100 feet, according to Shawn Woods, Alamosa County Undersheriff. 

During the slide, she felt her knees pop and had instant pain and she could not walk. Woods said the entire party of four sustained some minor bumps and bruises during the incident, which began on the South Zapata approach to Ellingwood. 

Most of the family was from Denver and were visiting a family cabin in Los pines in Conejos Canyon, Woods said. 

A call was made to Colorado Search and Rescue Association (AVSAR) to request mutual aid from neighboring teams, Woods said. Both Custer County and Chaffee County South SAR Responded. 

Reach Air Medical Services was called in to assist with a helicopter, airlifting six SAR team members one-by-one to a landing suite about 1,000 ft. above the injured woman, while another nine team members were on their way on foot. 

Once rescuers reached the injured woman, the began a low angle scree evacuation down approximately 1,000 feet. The patient was then carried to the helicopter to be medevacked to San Luis valley Health hospital in Alamosa. 

Woods said all the teams then began the descent down the South Zapata Trail and were back at incident command by 1 a.m. Monday. 

"A big thanks to Alamosa County Victims' Advocates for bringing much-needed food and water to our teams coming off the mountain," Woods said, "and also thanks to Dominos for donating over 20 pizzas." 

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