A hiker’s girlfriend called for help as his lips turned blue on a popular Colorado hiking trail.
Dispatchers on the other end of the call walked the woman through CPR and resuscitation efforts as her 35-year-old boyfriend was passed out on the Thomas Lakes Trail, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said. Despite the efforts, the hiker died.
The pair had planned to hike the 7.8-mile out-and-back trail near Carbondale on Friday, Aug. 12, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said. It’s a popular “relatively easy day hike,” deputies said.
During the hike, the man experienced a possible cardiac event and became unconscious, deputies said. After the man’s girlfriend called 911 for help, dispatchers used the cell phone’s coordinates to get to their location.
A Flight For Life helicopter crew rushed to the scene. Rescuers pronounced the man dead about an hour and a half after the girlfriend’s call.
The county coroner is investigating the official cause of death.
“The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind everyone of the importance of being aware of their surroundings, knowing their limitations, and being conscious of the dangers of backcountry hiking,” deputies said in the news release.
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