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Searchers rescue hunter on Flattops

Aspen Times Staff Report

A 62-year-old elk hunter who became separated from his companions on the Flattops on Tuesday, Oct. 12, was rescued Friday morning from a steep canyon by a Colorado Air National Guard helicopter.

Donald Steers, of Glendale, Ariz. was first spotted last Thursday at about 9 p.m. by Air National Guard searchers using night-vision equipment. Steers had built a fire, which allowed searchers to spot him in an area filled with dead and fallen timber.

Lt. Col. Joel E. Best, piloting the helicopter, picked up Steers the following day after a small landing zone was cleared. Steers was flown to the Eagle County Airport and then transported by Eagle County ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. He was suffering from dehydration and exhaustion.

Steers became separated from his son, Randy, and grandson, Luke, while hunting in the Coffee Pot Road area of the Flattops, north of Glenwood Springs.

Numerous agencies took part in the search for Steers, including search and rescue teams and deputies from several counties, the U.S. Forest Service, the Red Cross and the Crested Butte Search and Rescue Dog Team.


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