Minnesota man in critical condition after skiing off cliff in Mount Huron area

CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. - A man from Minnesota is in critical condition after skiing off a 25-foot cliff in the Mount Huron area in Chaffee County.

Robert Burns, 31, was hiking and backcountry skiing with Kyle Brengel, 31,  in the area above Clear Creek Reservoir Saturday.

Brengel said he and Burns had summited Mount Huron earlier in the day and were skiing back down when they encountered a "flat light situation" and did not see a drop off.

Brengel said they skied off the 25-foot dropoff and Burns was hurt. Brengel said Burns was unconscious but breathing.

Brengel sent a distress signal from a personal locator, known as a SPOT device, and headed out to find help.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the GPS coordinates of the SPOT device as well as emergency contact information for the victim.

Chaffee County Search and Rescue North was called and responded, along with personnel from Chaffee County Search and Rescue South, State Parks and Wildlife and Chaffee County EMS.

Flight for Life responded but was hampered by the incoming bad weather.

Eventually, crews had a small window to fly to the victim. Burns was airlifted to the Summit County Medical Center and then transported to Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood by ground ambulance, officials said Sunday.

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