Search And Rescue Called Out For Heart Mountain Injury

Written by on August 26, 2019

A Northwest College student from Brazil was injured Saturday and had to be evacuated from the summit of Heart Mountain.

Park County Search and Rescue was called out Saturday morning just before noon after a report came in to dispatchers that Kulianae Ribeiro, a 22-year-old NWC student, had severely injured her knee while participating in an organized hiking event on Heart Mountain with other college students.

Ribeiro was only a few feet from the summit of Heart Mountain when the accident occurred, so a helicopter from Sublette County’s Tip Top Search and Rescue organization was requested to evacuate her.

Sheriff’s Department officials say Search and Rescue crews arrived at Ribeiro’s location around 2:35 p.m. and prepared her for evacuation. The helicopter landed on the summit of Heart Mountain at about quarter to four, and Ribeiro was flown to the trailhead. She was taken to Powell Valley Hospital by ambulance for further treatment.

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