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Climber, hiker rescued in separate incidents in Chautauqua area

Posted: 6:41 AM, Aug 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 08:41:08-04
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Two people were rescued in separate incidents by Boulder County authorities and a rescue group on Monday in the Chautauqua area of Boulder County.

On Monday around 11:27 a.m., the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person stuck on the lower portion of the Second Flatiron. He had become stuck after climbing without proper equipment, the sheriff’s office said.

City of Boulder Open Space workers who were hiking in the area called 911. The workers stayed in the area to help guide the rescuers to the person.

Members of the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group were able to rescue the man after hiking to him with technical climbing equipment.

The rescue took about four hours.

Later that afternoon, around 3:10 p.m., the sheriff’s office was notified about a 82-year-old hiker who had fallen on the Gregory Canyon Trail. A hiker who was descending on the trail called 911 after coming across the woman and her companion, the sheriff's office said.

The Rocky Mountain Rescue Group hiked about 10 minutes up the trail to meet with the injured woman. Rescuers decided it was safe for the woman to walk to the trailhead. She decided not to be transported to the hospital and the scene was cleared by 4:30 p.m.