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Posted on: July 2, 2017

[ARCHIVED] SAR Responds to Medical Emergency on Telluride Biking Trail


SAR Responds to Medical Emergency on Telluride Biking Trail


Contact:    Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer   970-729-2028



July 2, 2017 -- (Telluride, CO) –  San Miguel County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel responded with Telluride EMS to a 911 call Sunday afternoon for a mountain biker “not breathing” on a bike trail in the Telluride ski area. 


The 50 year-old Montrose man was mountain biking with his wife on the Prospect Trail loop when his wife stated that he slumped forward on his bike and fell to the ground. She immediately called 911. 


Other mountain bikers in the area (just east of the bottom of Lift 11) came to assist and CPR was initiated. SAR personnel and Telluride EMS attempted to resuscitate the man but were unable to. 


Deputy Chris White said, “We always want to see a better outcome and are sorry for the family’s loss.”


Deputy White also wants to thank the many civilian bikers in the area who came to assist. “We had a lot of people do everything they could to help, from helping responders locate the scene, to performing CPR, and anything and everything we asked them to do.”




The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980.

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