Crash or collision
Skier In Colorado Rescued By Personal Locator Beacon After Crash
Posted on April 19, 2023 by Edward Burns
February 10, 2023 started out like any normal day. Blue sky and temperatures that were supposed to be in the high 30’s.
I loaded up our 2 dogs and decided to do a little back country skiing. I grabbed my day pack, tested my ACR beacon, let my wife know exactly where I was going and off we went.
I was heading back to my truck but decided to do one more run. I had done this run earlier in the day without any problems. This time I came out of my previous tracks and crashed.
Unknown to me there was a tree stump under the snow where I landed. I suffered blunt force trauma to my upper right femur. I would later find out that it was broken.
This happened at 1:30pm. I deployed my beacon at 1:40pm. Emergency responders showed up around 3:30pm. At that point I had been laying in the snow for about 2 hours.
When they got to me I was shivering uncontrollably. I was going into severe hypothermia. They assessed my injury and immediately started warming me up.
They were able to get me on a sled and manually pull me off the mountain. I was loaded into the ambulance around 4:30pm and transported to the nearest hospital for assessment.
I was then transported to a larger hospital and under went surgery the following morning on February 11th.
I would not be here today if I wouldn’t have had my beacon. It saved my life.
Words of wisdom
Carry your beacon, don’t go alone, let someone know exactly where you’re going and what time you expect to be back. My ACR plb-375 saved my life
Thank you note
Thank you to emergency services for picking me up; and thank you to ACR for making a beacon that saved my life.
Grass Valley Rd, Colorado, USA
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