Boy OK after 100-foot fall at Fish Creek


— A 13-year-old boy who was injured Saturday after he slid about 100 feet down a side of Fish Creek Falls has been released from the hospital.

Routt County Search and Rescue Incident Commander Dawn Alperti said the boy, a youth in Steamboat Springs to participate in a Triple Crown tournament, was climbing the south face of Fish Creek Falls at about 10:45 a.m. when he lost his footing and slid down a dirt facing.

Alperti said the boy sustained a minor head injury but was released from the hospital late Saturday or Sunday. The boy and his family, who live out of state, have left the Steamboat area.

The boy was with "about 100 people" when the incident occurred, Alperti said. No other injuries were reported.

Alperti said the boy had crossed over the Fish Creek Falls Bridge to access the south side of the falls.

"People aren't supposed to be over there at all," she said. "There are no trails over there."

The Routt County Sheriff's Office and crews from Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue also responded to the call.

Also on Saturday afternoon, Search and Rescue crews responded to an all-terrain vehicle rollover in North Routt's Whiskey Park.

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for internal injures after the ATV she was riding rolled over.

"Apparently, she was on a pretty nasty trail when it started to tip over and she jumped off it," Alperti said.

The ATV rolled over the woman and down a hill, she said.

Alperti did not know if the woman was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Alperti would not release the woman's name citing privacy laws. She did not know what condition the woman was in or if she had been released from the hospital.


steamboatsconscience 9 years, 8 months ago

Lets see , a hundred Triple Crowners and no one tells the kid not to climb the falls. 100 Triple Crowners = 100 IQ total. Or were they all yelling Jump! Jump!?


bikegirl 9 years, 8 months ago

So,Does the Triple Crown organization get billed for search and rescue services?


madmoores 9 years, 8 months ago

"Alperti said the boy had crossed over the Fish Creek Falls Bridge to access the south side of the falls."

There is a sign there, right on the bridge itself, that says "climb at your own risk", right? I and my 6 year old find that the rockhopping and the climbing up to the falls is great fun and part of the expirience and I have done it myself for a good part of 30 years. Would hate to see them close that part of it due to a triple-clown getting hurt. Nice to hear he is OK though.


madmoores 9 years, 8 months ago

So are you saying that climbing the rocks around Fish Creek falls is trespassing? News to me.


JazzSlave 9 years, 8 months ago

Kids are adventurous and will get into the occasional scrape. Some of you need to get over it.


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