by Than Volk | | May 22nd, 2011 | 1867 Views | Comments
From The Denver Post:
Joel Levenberg was swept more than 1,000 feet over rocks in the slide on the east face of Torrey’s Peak. He was found alive at about 12,800 feet in elevation, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department said tonight.
The slide happened at about 1 p.m., and Levenberg complained of injuries to his chest and hip when rescuers reached him at about 5:30 p.m., according to a media release from the Sheriff’s Department.
The wind was blowing at more the 50 mph,and snow created white-out conditions for the 26 rescuers from several agencies, including Alpine Rescue Team and Summit County Rescue Group. He could not be airlifted because of the conditions, authorities said.
Levenberg died on the mountain from his injuries at about 7 p.m.
One of the companions stayed with him while another went for help, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
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