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.
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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