A WOMAN was desperate to save her boyfriend after he suffered a possible heart attack while hiking a trail in Colorado.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Friday, August 12, regarding a medical incident on the Thomas Lakes Trail in Carbondale, Colorado.
The 7.8-mile round-trip trail is said to be popular with hikers wanting a relatively easy excursion and backpackers looking to scale the summit of Mt. Sopris.
MPs were responding to a report from a mobile phone of an injured man who was unconscious.
“His lips were blue and his breathing was shallow,” the statement said.
“Dispatch was able to get the coordinates of the location of the mobile phone that made the call.”
MPs called in Aspen Mountain Rescue and a helicopter, Flight For Life, to help on the spot.
A volunteer group also joined the relief effort after MPs asked for their help.
Rescue workers contacted the patient and his girlfriend, who initially called for help.
The girlfriend had previously attempted to resuscitate the unidentified 35-year-old using instructions from Pitkin County dispatchers.
The helicopter took off at around 12:20 p.m. and arrived at the patient at around 1:04 p.m.
Despite life-saving efforts, the man was pronounced dead around 1:20 p.m., according to the statement.
All emergency officers were off the field by 4 p.m.
“The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Aspen Mountain Rescue Service want to remind everyone of the importance of being aware of your surroundings, knowing your limitations and recognizing the dangers of backcountry hiking.”
An inquest into the man’s cause of death is being conducted by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office.
The coroner will also release the man’s identity after his family has been duly notified.
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