What started as fun flower gazing ended in an evacuation that took almost an hour to accomplish.

Monday, July 13, around 11:49 a.m., the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office "received a report of a hiker feeling ill and being short of breath", according to a press release.

A 60-year-old hiker was with her husband and friends looking at wildflowers near the west end of Long Lake at the Brainard Lake Recreational Area. That's when she became ill, and rescuers had to locate the hiker to carry her out to the trailhead.

According to the press release, American Medical Response consulted with the hiker and it was decided that she did not need to be transported via ambulance.

The entire rescue was nearly 45 minutes.

Agencies included in the rescue effort were the following:

  • Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
  • Indian Peaks Fire Protection District
  • American Medical Response
  • Rocky Mountain Rescue Group

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