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Moonflower canyon death

Discussion in 'Accidents and Near Misses' started by GravityWins, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. GravityWins

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  2. Brian in SLC

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    Rock of Ages?
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    Moonflower.
  4. Brian in SLC

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    Ahh. Hadn't much heard of Moonflower as a technical canyon gig.

    Any details? Media reported an issue with his rope?
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    Edit: Deleted since better info is below.
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    https://www.facebook.com/GCEMSUT/
    From Grand County EMS FB page - 2 accidents - second one first:

    Yesterday at 2045 GCEMS & GCSAR were paged to a rappelling accident down Moon Flower Canyon.
    This was the second rappelling accident in this canyon in 48 hours, the first accident resulted in a fatality.
    The patient had an estimated 40 foot fall and sustained serious injuries. GCEMS crews were first on scene after a difficult hike and stabilized the patient.
    The patient was in a challenging location in the canyon that required a technical rescue from GCSAR.
    St Marys Careflight was dispatched and flown to a staging area below the technical rescue. The flight crew hiked up to the patient and joined GCEMS & GCSAR.
    Our hats off to GCSAR! They performed a vertical, difficult lower with a seriously injured patient in a timely, proficient and safe manner.
    The patient was flown to the trauma center St Marys Hospital in Grand Junction. Time from page to clearing the scene was just under 6 hours.
    Well done to everyone involved!

    Question to GC EMS: What were the causes of these accidents so we can spread the word in an attempt to keep this from becoming a regular incident?

    GC EMS: The cause of the first incident was the rope was too short, the second incident had several factors of a single, thin rope, long rappel, no back up on the patients ATC, no gloves and fatigue. We spread that in the hopes that it will bring awareness. If there are any inappropriate or disrespectful comments towards either party they will be deleted.
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