Colorado Springs man rescued after being thrown off his horse in North Routt County
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers Sunday successfully rescued a 64-year-old Colorado Springs man who was injured after he was thrown from his horse in a remote part of North Routt County.
The man was on a hunting trip with his brother and a friend when he fell from the horse Saturday evening near Swamp Park, north of Mad Creek.
Search and Rescue incident commander Kristia Check-Hill said it was suspected the man may have broken some ribs, and he was having some breathing difficulties at times.
The rescue team was called Sunday morning.
Rescuers rode ATVs as far as they could and then walked to the injured man from there.
A Classic Lifeguard medical helicopter based in Steamboat Springs was called in to transport the man to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Rescuers successfully moved the man about 100 yards to the remote helicopter landing zone.
“We got him out of there just as that rain storm came in and dumped on us,” Check-Hill said.
The mission took the rescue team about 11 hours to complete from start to finish, according to Check-Hill.
She said she had heard the man was doing better upon his arrival to the hospital.
“It was a long day, and the team did a great job,” she said.