Flatiron Rescue

Monday, May 20, 2013

On Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 5:24 p.m., Boulder County Communications received a 911 call reporting a female hiker near the 3rd flatiron in Chautauqua Park who was high on mushrooms and in distress.  About 35 personnel from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder Fire Rescue, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and an American Medical Response ambulance responded.


A Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks ranger and other rescuers located the victim, who had removed all of her clothing and was being physically restrained by her companions, up high between the 2nd and 3rd flatirons, and reached her at about 5:48 p.m.  The victim had to be restrained with handcuffs, and it took a number of rescuers to secure her into a litter.


The victim was treated by medical personnel, and then evacuated by litter to an ambulance at the Bluebell shelter, which took rescuers nearly an hour.  At 7:50 p.m., the victim was transported to the Boulder Community Hospital, where she was treated and released.


The victim, Taylor Powers, 21, was hiking with her roommates, Brian Mulligan, 21, and William Collins, 21, all of whom are students at the University of Colorado and reside in Boulder.


Powers was issued a summons for unlawful consumption of a controlled substance.  Further charges are pending against others involved.


This media release is available on line at www.bouldersheriff.org.
Deputy Dan Walter
Case Number: 13-2555

Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

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