A boy who fell 100 feet while hiking in the Chicago Basin was flown out of the mountains by helicopter to a hospital Sunday night.
Butch Knowlton, director of the La Plata County Office of Emergency Management, said he didnt know the boys age or the severity of his injuries, but he said the boy was transferred from one helicopter to another at Rockwood for a flight to a regional hospital.
Knowlton said the crew of the second helicopter would determine which hospital to take the boy to after they determined the severity of his injuries.
The initial emergency call came in around 1 p.m., and the first helicopter was sent to pick the boy up about 5 p.m., with the initial pickup expected to be near the base of Mount Eolus. That helicopter then flew to Rockwood, where the boy was transferred to a second helicopter for a flight to a hospital about 9:15 p.m.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend has brought a large number of backpackers into the San Juan Mountains backcountry.
Its amazing how many people are here, Knowlton said Friday after the rescue of three people who became stranded in the frigid waters of Cascade Creek in San Juan County.