ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Three people trying to retrieve the body of a hiker on a Colorado mountain were injured Wednesday after being struck by a “massive rockfall” likely triggered by other climbers above the mountain. ‘them, the authorities said.
Mountain Rescue Aspen’s most seriously injured member at Capitol Peak was airlifted to a Denver-area hospital for emergency surgery, after a boulder hit the rescuer “about 20 feet (6 meters) through the air in a “rag doll,” or somersaulting motion, “the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said. The other two members were treated and released from nearby Aspen Hospital. .
The incident delayed the recovery of the body of Kelly McDermott from Madison, Wisconsin, who was spotted by a search helicopter earlier Wednesday. McDermott was reported missing after failing to return from a 14,137-foot (4,309-meter) mountain climb on Sunday.
His body is located in a precarious location about 500 feet (152 meters) below the Knife Edge, a ridge that leads to the last ascent to the top of the mountain. Due to the location, it may take some time to recover his body, Deputy Sheriff Alex Burchetta told The Aspen Times.
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