The injured skier was placed in a full body vacuum splint.

BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado – Rocky Mountain Rescue Group responded to reports of a skier who suffered serious injuries around the Skywalker Couloir on South Arapahoe Peak in Colorado on Sunday, June 16. According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, a notification came into the Boulder County Communications office around 10:37 am.

A 47-year-old male had reportedly tumbled approximately 1,000 to 2,000 feet after a fall at the start of a ski descent of the couloir, coming to a stop at a rock ledge. Two off-duty firefighters who happened to be in the right place at the right time witnessed the fall and alerted authorities, beginning a descent towards the injured individual’s location.

MedEvac flew rescue and medical personnel into the scene, where they climbed up to the injured male and began providing medical assistance. Bystanders helped carry equipment to the scene while additional rescuers hiked to the scene from the Fourth of July Trailhead.

Rescuers placed the skier into a full body vacuum splint and the Colorado Hoist Rescue Team transported him by helicopter to the Nederland Middle/Senior High School. Paramedics from American Medical Response then transported him by ambulance to a local hospital. The skier did suffer major injuries, but he remained stable through the incident.

Huge props to the off-duty officers recreating in the area when the fall occurred. Their action may have easily saved this individuals life.

Injured skier is hoisted away from the scene.

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