A 12 year old Las Vegas boy fell while hiking Mt. Timpanogos. He sustained a serious laceration to his leg and was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center.
On July 23, 2014, at about 2:10 P.M. dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call from a woman who was hiking Mt. Timpanogos with her 12 year old son and a teenage daughter. She said they were in the area of Emerald Lake and her son fell and injured his leg. The boy sustained a serious laceration to the front of his lower right leg. The woman said the injury was bleeding badly to begin with but that she put a bandage on it and the bleeding was under control.
Medical personnel with North Fork Fire Department at Sundance responded to the Aspen Grove Trailhead to assist. Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office and volunteers with Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responded. Because of where the victim was LifeFlight also responded and flew over the area. The pilot determined there was not a suitable landing sight near the victim. LifeFlight then transported a North Fork paramedic and four SAR medical personnel to the victim. LifeFlight did this in several trips.
As medical personnel treated the victim they determined there would be too much risk to the boy to move him. A second LifeFlight helicopter with a hoist responded and they were able to hoist the boy from the mountain to the trailhead parking lot. From there he was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. His injuries were not life threatening.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO