Helicopter flies into wilderness for rescue

Search and Rescue responding to North Routt County wilderness area


— A paramedic and an EMT are on their way in a private helicopter to help a woman with a medical condition on the Dome Lake Trail in North Routt County.

Routt County Search and Rescue spokesman Darrel Levingston said the woman, a local, is about 2.5 miles up the trail from the trailhead. The woman is 70 years old, according to reports from Routt County Communications dispatch center. The woman suffered anaphylactic shock from wasp stings, according to reports over dispatch radio. Recent reports Thursday afternoon suggest the woman is feeling better after taking a Benadryl and has refused helicopter service.

Levingston said the woman is with a group of people on the trail, accessed off of Seed House Road and near the North Lake trail.

The helicopter, from Zephyr Helicopter Service, is operated by John Witte, a former Search and Rescue volunteer, Levingston said. Once crews are on the ground with the woman they will either use the helicopter, a Flight for Life helicopter, or ground transportation to get the woman out of the wilderness area, Levingston said.


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