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Rescuers Carry Girl By Stretcher

September 1, 2008

By Vail Daily

A search-and- rescue team carried a 14-year-old girl with neck injuries down a steep and rocky hiking trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness near Carter Lake late Thursday night and early Friday morning.Rescuers had first planned on flying the girl out by helicopter but couldn’t get her safely to the landing zone by nightfall, and there were no helicopter pilots trained to fly with night vision technology available.The girl was instead carried by stretcher on the difficult 21/2-mile hike on the trail connecting Henderson Park and Frying Pan Road. The girl was treated at Aspen Valley Hospital and released.The girl had been hiking with a church group when she fell near the bottom of a scree field and complained of severe neck pain and a sprained ankle, Smith said. A Flight for Life helicopter from Summit County landed on Savage Peak at 3:53 p.m., about a mile from the victim.

Originally published by Vail Daily.

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