Two men airlifted off of Mount Werner on Monday in separate incidents
Steamboat Springs — Emergency responders in Steamboat Springs were tested Monday evening by two simultaneous calls high up on Mount Werner that both required patients to be airlifted to hospitals.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue headed up the mountain around 4:20 p.m. to help a 55-year-old man who had possibly broken his neck in a mountain bike crash on the advanced Flying Diamond trail.
Around the same time, Fire Rescue and Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called to respond to another call about a 40-year-old man who was having a seizure while hiking on a trail on Heavenly Daze at the top of Ted’s Ridge.
Bike patrollers with Steamboat Ski Area made first contact with both patients and then called up Fire Rescue.
The calls required all of Fire Rescue’s on-duty staff to respond.
Both patients were airlifted by helicopters to advanced care centers in serious condition.
The identities of the patients weren’t released Tuesday.
The air ambulance services were provided by Classic Lifeguard and Flight for Life.
“Our crews, the bike patrol and the helicopter crews did an excellent job all around on this call,” Steamboat Springs Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Cerasoli said. “We’re proud of them.”
A third emergency call that came in downtown while crews were up on the mountain was handled by additional call-back staff.
“It taxed our system, for sure,” Cerasoli said. “But all of the patients, including the third one out, received timely and good medical care.”
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