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Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers deal with busy weekend, harrowing rescue

A busy weekend for Rocky Mountain National Park's search and rescue team culminated in a highline rescue Sunday morning across the Roaring River above the Alluvial Fan, according to a Rocky Mountain National Park news release.

That rescue happened after an 18-year-old man found himself stuck Saturday on the west side of the river while his family was on the east side. Although park rangers were notified at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the complexity and time constraints of the rescue led officials to delay the rescue until Sunday morning.

The man was provided with warm clothes, a sleeping bag and food for his overnight stay. A ranger also stayed overnight on the other side of the river from the man.

By 7 a.m., rescuers, including members of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District Dive and Swiftwater Rescue Team began a highline rescue operation and succeeded in rescuing the man by 10:20 a.m., according to the release.

Also on Saturday, a 15-year-old girl fell into the St. Vrain River in the Wild Basin area, tumbling downstream about 50 yards, over an 8-foot waterfall and through significant rapids before being rescued by bystanders and family members. The girl suffered leg injuries and was assisted out before being taken by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center, according to the release.

Finally, a 24-year-old man was injured while bouldering in the Chaos Canyon area, a 27-year-old woman was injured hiking on the Gem Lake Trail and a 26-year-old man had a seizure after a small fall at Emerald Lake, according to the release.