OAKLEY, Summit County — A 70-year-old woman was injured Monday when a boulder fell on her while she was hiking, police said.
Shari Richins was about 100 feet from Hayden Peak in eastern Summit County, about 60 miles from Oakley, when the boulder fell on her, according to Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright.
He said officials believe Richins may have a broken femur, as well as head and arm injuries.
Richins and several others, including her husband, Paul, were climbing the summit block of the peak when she grabbed on to a loose boulder; she fell and the boulder came down on her, her husband said.
One of the hikers below her, Wade Meier, said he managed to catch her under the arm as she fell to keep her from plummeting further.
Her husband then called 911.
"It's a miracle that we had cell service," Paul Richins said.
A medical helicopter was on scene about 2:40 p.m. to help "hoist" her out, Wright said. A Department of Public Safety helicopter was also shuttling in some search and rescue team members to help with the effort.Comment on this story
"My hat goes off to those men who came and put their lives on the line to help us out of what could have been a real ugly situation," Meier said. "There was no way we could have got her down off that mountain without their help."
Richins was taken by ambulance to the hospital to have her injuries evaluated.
Paul Richins said he was grateful for the "very fortunate" outcome of the situation.
"I believe that she was blessed that she didn’t get hurt any worse than she was," Paul Richins said. "That’s why I believe in prayer."