Posted: May 2, 2013 8:32 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
CODY - An overdue Wyoming ice climber, who broke both ankles in an ice climbing accident, is safe after spending a night in the wilderness.
According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, Kenneth Richmond, 54, of Powell was ice climbing alone Wednesday in a popular area known as "High on Boulder" near the South Fork River when he fell approximately 20 feet.
When Richmond did not return from his climb, his wife called the Park County Dispatch Center Thursday morning to alert them that Richmond was overdue.
Richmond spent the entire night at the foot of the ice flow before he was located by fellow ice climbers, Kenny Gasch and Jonathon Bates, the following morning at 8:30 a.m. The two men had begun their own search for the overdue climber after Richmond's wife notified them early Thursday morning that her husband was missing. Richmond was found near Cabin Creek Trail Head at the end of the Southfork Highway.
Members of the Park County Search and Rescue Team met up with the three experienced ice climbers at about 9 a.m. and began emergency medical evacuation procedures.
Richmond was airlifted by helicopter to West Park Hospital in Cody at 1 p.m.
Nearly 20 volunteer members of the PCSRT were involved in the successful rescue effort.
"Our community is extremely fortunate to have such a highly-motivated group of well-trained volunteers who willingly put their safety at risk in order to get the job done," said Sheriff Scott Steward. "They are always there when we need them."
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