3 search and rescue missions over the holiday weekend; 1 was a prank

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office along with Search and Rescue responded to three incidents over the holiday weekend. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with one of the incidents.

Weekend calls for assistance included a fallen climber in the Cirque of the Towers, a false call to Boysen Reservoir, and an injured hunter near Limestone Mountain.

Today, September 9th, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has shared the following summaries of the weekend’s events.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020:

A 35-year-old Colorado woman was reported to have fallen some 400 feet while descending Pingora Peak in Fremont County. FCSO requested assistance from the Sublette County Sheriff who responded via helicopter to the area; the woman succumbed to her injuries while crews were on scene. Due to heavy winds in the area, her body was not removed until the next day. She was airlifted to the Lander Airport by Tip Top Rescue out of Sublette County and turned over to Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen around 10:00 AM Sunday morning. The incident remains under investigation by the Fremont County Coroner and Sheriff. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2020:

10:45 AM – Report of a man overboard at Boysen Reservoir. Search and Rescue Volunteers scuttled to the area. The reporting party continued to change the location on the lake of where the event occurred. Within an hour it was determined to be a prank call. The identity of the prank caller remains under investigation.

5:00 PM – Report of an adult male who had stuck himself in the leg with a hunting knife in the Cherry Creek Drainage while dressing game. The injured person was littered out of the area by Search and Rescue Volunteers by 12:30 AM. His condition is unknown. 

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Calls for assistance picked back up yesterday, September 8th, following the winter storm that blanketed much of the state with snow. Click here for more information.

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