Steamboat man airlifted after being bucked from horse

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— A 41-year-old Steamboat Springs man was airlifted to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries not suspected of being life-threatening after he was bucked from a horse Friday morning.

Routt County Search and Rescue incident commander Kristia Check-Hill said rescuers were dispatched at 11:50 a.m. to a report of a man who had back pain after being bucked from a horse. The man was riding with a friend about 2 1/2 miles northwest of Dry Lake Campground, Check-Hill said. Their location was determined using GPS coordinates from the reporting person’s cellphone.

Search and Rescue volunteers were able to drive all-terrain vehicles partway to the man and then had to hike in. They moved the man about 0.15 miles from where the accident occurred and called for a helicopter to take the man because of his possible injuries, Check-Hill said. He was airlifted at about 3:35 p.m. with a possible lower back injury, she said.

Eleven Search and Rescue volunteers were involved in the mission.

“I was extremely proud of all my team members,” Check-Hill said. “This was a real search and rescue mission. We did a little bit of everything.”

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