Boy Scout from Kansas, 13, rescued from Flat Tops Wilderness after breaking left arm
August 2, 1996
Steamboat Springs — Scout training wasn't enough when one member of a Boy Scouts of America troop from Kansas broke his arm during an overnight camping trip. Routt County Search and Rescue had to be called to get the boy out of a steep, rough area in the Flat Tops Wilderness.
William Willy Cox, 13, of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., was playing with the other boys at the group's Keener Lake campsite when he broke his left arm.
The group of three adults and four children, including Cox and his father, Rick, tried to walk out of the area to Stillwater Reservoir where their car was parked.
The four to five-mile hike is steep and rocky, climbing to 11,000 feet in places. About a mile into the hike, Cox began to feel nauseous and dizzy.
The group stopped with Cox and one of the adults went on to Stillwater Reservoir to get help. Search and Rescue received the call around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and sent a team of ten, led by incident commander Joe Stevens.
The rescue required a large team because of the three miles of rugged terrain Cox had to be transported over. The wheeled litter used, called a Stokes, had to be hand carried most of the way over rocks and rough ground.
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"It was a very labor-intensive kind of rescue, as opposed to just pulling someone on a four-wheel drive vehicle and driving them out," said terry Lyons, a paramedic, who participated in the rescue.
Cox was transported to Routt Memorial Hospital, arriving around 3 a.m. Thursday morning. He was treated and released with a fractured left arm.