Angler found in North Routt County in serious condition in Denver

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Courtesy of Routt County Search and Rescue

Craig Horlacher, 57, of Denver was found Thursday morning by Routt County Search and Rescue in extreme northern Routt County. Horlacher reportedly headed out to fish off Routt County Road 129 and Forest Service Road 497 either Friday or Saturday and had not been seen since.

— Craig Horlacher, the 57-year-old angler from the Denver area who was rescued in North Routt County on Thursday, remained at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver in serious condition, hospital staff confirmed Friday.

Rescuers suspect that Hor­lacher was stranded outside for nearly six days and reportedly was suffering hypothermia when he was found.

He was conscious and breathing but incoherent when rescuers found him.

It’s unclear why Horlacher was unable to return to his car, less than a mile away, from his fishing spot at the confluence of the Middle Fork of the Little Snake River and Tennessee Creek.

Medical crews pulled Hor­lacher out of the canyon using ropes, and an air ambulance took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center before he was transferred to St. Anthony. He initially was listed in critical condition.

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