Lost boy spends a night outdoors
Rescuers located a 12-year-old boy in “good condition” early Thursday, after he became separated from his group just before sunset Wednesday and spent the night alone and unequipped in the Hay Park area.
Tyler Klaus, of Denver, a participant at the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf, was cold but OK when rescuers located him at 7 a.m. yesterday according to a written statement from Deputy Ron Ryan of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Klaus and a group of campers and counselors were backpacking in the Hay Park area, located off Capitol Creek Road about four miles west of Aspen, when Klaus walked away from the group’s campsite at about 7:45 p.m., according to Ryan.
Klaus was wearing shorts, tennis shoes and a sweatshirt, Ryan said.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the missing boy just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, prompting rescuers to launch a nighttime search, according to Ryan. After sunrise Thursday, while rescuers were planning the day’s search efforts, they heard a whistle nearby which led them to a rugged area where Klaus was stranded.
“Klaus had conserved his heat while sleeping by positioning himself under and between two logs,” Ryan said.
Rescuers treated the youth for mild hypothermia and then transported him in a sleeping bag to a waiting Basalt ambulance, where he was further examined by medics and then released to his parents.
Counselors distributed whistles to all the campers prior to the trip, with instructions to use them if they became lost from the group.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with the successful search and rescue effort by several volunteers, including five members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, three members of the Basalt Fire Department, two members of Garfield County Search and Rescue and two dogs and handlers of Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado.
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