Search and Rescue has busy Monday |

Search and Rescue has busy Monday

Teams launch operations to find missing 14-year-old Englewood boy, injured hunter

Gary E. Salazar

— Routt County Search and Rescue launched two operations Monday afternoon to find a lost 14-year-old boy and to rescue an injured hunter.

At about 4 p.m., trackers went to the Dry Lake Campground to start searching for the Englewood boy.

Authorities suspended the search a couple of hours later.

The boy was reported missing by family members who came to the area to hunt, said Chris Young, Search and Rescue member.

Trackers focused the search near Soda Creek because footprints were found along the creek, Young said.

The trackers followed the footprints to the Buffalo Pass roadway.

“The footprints ended on the road,” Young said. “We assumed he hitched a ride. So we suspended the search.”

The rescue team learned about the lost boy at about the same time a group of 20 was preparing plans to rescue an injured hunter.

At about 2 p.m., Search and Rescue received a report that a hunter injured his leg in the Shield Mountain area.

The group, which included a rope team, used all-terrain vehicles to get to the injured hunter in North Routt County, Young said.

Rescuers reached the man at about 7 p.m. Monday.

“It (took) some time to reach the hunter because there is quite a bit of snow in the area,” Young said.

“It was a fairly easy rescue. He was close to a jeep trail.”

The man was being taken to a local hospital for an injured right knee, Young said.

As of press time, Young did not know the hunter’s name, age or how he sustained the knee injury.

Authorities were notified of the injured hunter by a second hunter who called using a cellular phone, Young said.

The second hunter stood by the man’s side as rescue personnel made their trek into the area, she said.

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