Aspen rescuers aid angler
July 23, 2009
WOODY CREEK – Mountain Rescue Aspen was called out Wednesday afternoon to assist a Denver man who fell on a steep hill and broke his ankle while fishing the Roaring Fork River above Woody Creek.
Rescuers were summoned to assist Lowery Burnett, 33, after he reportedly suffered a compound fracture to his right ankle while he and his brother, Jim, were fishing near Jaffee Park. The two men were on a steep section of the riverbank, attempting to bypass water occupied by other anglers, when Lowery stumbled and fell, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The call for help came in shortly before 4 p.m.
Rescuers hauled the fisherman over steep terrain to a waiting all-terrain vehicle that transported him down the Rio Grande Trail to an ambulance. Burnett was en route to Aspen Valley Hospital by 5:15 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.
In all, 12 members of Mountain Rescue responded to the incident, along with six people from the sheriff’s office, three people from Aspen Ambulance Service and two Pitkin County Open Space and Trails rangers.