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Wounded bicyclist rescued above falls

— Routt County Search & rescue crews retrieved a wounded mountain biker Sunday from rugged terrain near upper Fish Creek Falls.

John Seidlin, 35, sustained a serious leg fracture when biking on the popular trail at about 2 p.m., Search & Rescue member Terry Hermes said Monday,

Seidlin, a Lakewood resident, was transported to Aurora Regional Hospital on Sunday. He was listed in stable condition with a fracture to the leg, Routt Memorial administrator-on-call Gary Haberlan said.

Hermes, who is also a paramedic for Steamboat Springs Ambulance, said emergency crews received a report of the accident shortly before 3 p.m., when Seidlin's fellow bicyclists reached a phone in town.

Because the trail cannot be accommodate emergency vehicles, approximately 15 search and rescue personnel hiked the three miles to Seidlin. They reached him at 4:10 p.m., splinted his leg and treated him for dehydration, Hermes said.

They brought Seidlin down using a platform similar to a ski rescue sled but equipped with a wheel, lifting the victim over rocks and brush. "It's a really strenuous job," she said. The retrieval required an hour and 45 minutes.

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Aurora Regional Hospital staff on Monday said Seidlin's condition was good Monday.