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March 4, 2017

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Male rescued from Brainard Lake area due to medical concerns

Boulder County, Colo. - On March 3, 2017 at approximately 3:30 pm, the Boulder County Communications Center received information of an SOS activation from an emergency beacon. The beacon provided GPS coordinates for the Brainard Lake area, which is in the mountains west of Boulder near Ward. The beacon was registered to Robert Slutz.

Members of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMR), American Medical Response (AMR), and Indian Peaks Fire Protection District responded to what was believed to be a medical emergency based on a text of “heart” from the beacon. RMR was able to locate Slutz quickly via snow machines approximately 1 mile west of Brainard Lake , utilizing the GPS coordinates from the emergency beacon. Slutz was safely evacuated by snow machine to the “winter parking lot” of Brainard Lake by RMR, where he was ultimately airlifted to a local hospital by Med Evac 2 due to his complaint of chest pains while shoe shoeing.

The associated case number to this incident is 17-1292


Sgt. Wolf