Friday, May 3, 2013

Two Falls, Two Rescues, Two Hospitalizations

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Rescue teams were dispatched Thursday night to the Lucky Peak Diversion Dam off of Highway 21. That's where a man fell while rock climbing. Officials said the man fell around 35 feet, resulting in a broken leg, when his climbing equipment failed.

The man was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center where he's in stable condition.

Also Thursday, a Life Flight helicopter was flown into Idaho's backcountry along the Salmon River in order to rescue an Idaho Fish and Game employee who had taken a tumble.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the unidentified worker was spraying weeds near Waspshilla Creek when his all-terrain vehicle rolled over. He suffered a broken pelvis, wrist and ribs, but luckily was carrying a Spot emergency locator, beaming out his coordinates.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials decided to send Life Flight which rushed the man to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was later transferred to a Spokane hospital. Officials said the man was "in a lot of pain but alert and talking."

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