Crews rescue foothills hiker

Updated: 03/30/2014 11:54 PM | Created: 03/30/2014 4:48 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Several rescue groups geared up for a long night.

“It's a technical rope evacuation so they are fairly steep terrain,” said Marc Beverly.

This comes after a 911 call from hiker, Brendan Mead.

Paramedics with the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue crew say Mead fell on a boulder, breaking his pelvis. Mead is now in critical condition.

Rescuers like Erin Weber, RN say it was a race against time.

“I just care about my patients and I want a really good outcome,” she said.

Albuquerque Fire Department officials say Mead was hiking alone at the Embudo Park and he was off of the trail making it hard to find him.

The Chopper 4 crew located Mead between large rocks. The photographer and pilot gave the exact location to the ground rescue crews searching for the hiker.

The winds were so bad helicopters could not land to airlift mead to medical help.

So rescue crews hiked three miles to Mead to carry him down.

“They just can't get the helicopter in the plan b for that is to send the rescuers by ground,” Beverly said.

A private helicopter contracted with UNM Hospital found a safe landing and airlifted mead back to their hospital.

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