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Horse fall lands hunter in Idaho Falls hospital

October 13, 2011

By Cory Hatch, Jackson Hole Daily

A hunter who suffered temporary paralysis after falling from his horse in the Teton Wilderness was flown by helicopter to an Idaho hospital Wednesday after weather stymied rescuers’ at-tempts to evacuate the man.

Bill Rumbaugh, 59, was bucked off his horse and dragged while hunting with an outfitter around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday about 29 miles northeast of the Turpin Meadows trailhead, officials with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

As a result of the fall, Rumbaugh “sustained numerous abrasions” and “experienced temporary paralysis,” officials said. Rumbaugh’s hometown could not be immediately ascertained.

The hunting party eventually moved Rumbaugh to the outfitter camp.

The Teton Interagency Helicopter attempted to fly two Grand Teton National Park rangers to the scene, but heavy cloud cover forced the helicopter to land at Moran.

By 4:30 p.m., the helicopter was able to fly to the outfitter camp where the park rangers provided medical treatment to Rumbaugh.

Bad weather returned, forcing the helicopter to remain at the camp overnight with the two park rangers and Rumbaugh.

At about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, “an air ambulance helicopter came in and took him over to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center,” said Teton County Sheriff’s Office captain Tripp Wilson.

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