Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Campbell, Ky were rescued off Pikes Peak Saturday by helicopters from Fort Carson. They were on a high-altitude training mission at the time.
Some of the rescued soldiers showed signs of dehydration and oxygen deprivation on the peak.
At the time of the rescue, the summit reportedly had "blizzard-like" conditions with wind gusts of over 50 mph making it hard for the helicopters to assist. Three soldiers may have suffered hypothermia, and another an unspecified leg injury.
In all, ten soldiers were taken to a hospital. Nine were released within two hours. The last was hospitalized for observation.
El Paso County Search and Rescue also assisted Fort Carson with the rescue efforts, which took several hours. At last report, the soldiers were brought down to 2 Mile and flown out.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.