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CO: Helicopter rescues injured hunter

September 22, 2012

By Todd Wildermuth, Trinidad-Times.com

An Army helicopter was used to rescue an injured hunter after he spent a night with a broken leg in rough terrain in Colorado just north of the New Mexico state line that abuts Sugarite Canyon.
The man was bow hunting with two friends when he was injured below Horseshoe Mesa, according to Las Animas County Sheriff James Casias, who described the man as suffering a “severely” broken leg.
Even with the help of his friends, the injured man was not able to make his way out of the rough terrain or return to the camp the hunters had set up.

After the man was injured late Sunday afternoon, the hunters set off a beacon they had, alerting a state monitoring system of their approximate location. However, the beacon only indicated the location as a relatively large area.
A deputy with Army connections was able to enlist the help of the Army, which sent a helicopter. A medic was lowered to the injured man and the man was lifted in a basket into the helicopter and taken to a Pueblo hospital, Casias said.
The sheriff on Thursday morning did not have information readily available to provide the man’s name, age or where he is from. Casias also had no information about the man’s current condition.

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