Hiker Rescued from Davis Mountain Resort by DPS and Game Wardens 7/19/12
Texas Parks & Wildlife
July 19, 2012
Man Rescued from Davis Mountain Resort by DPS and Game Wardens
A man rescued by Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens with help from other agencies is continuing his recovery in an Odessa hospital after falling from a bluff in Davis Mountains Resort July 13.
A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter aircrew was contacted by Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor and asked to assist in the rescue of a man in his 60ís, who had not returned from a hiking trip the previous morning.
The injured hiker was discovered on a heavily forested ridge at approximately 7,500 feet elevation with a concussion; his left shoulder, left leg and left hand badly injured; leg and shoulder puncture wounds; three fractured vertebrae; and numerous lacerations and bruises.
The aircrew included Sheriff McIvor, who coordinated with a ground search team made up of the Davis Resort Fire Department, Jeff Davis Fire Department, McDonald Observatory Fire Department, and two TPWD game wardens, to search the Davis Mountain Nature Conservancy, where the man had planned to hike.
After the hiker was spotted from the DPS helicopter, the first responders were TPWD game wardens Andrew Banda and Derek Rogers
The hikerís neck and other parts of his body were secured by some of the supplies that were available from the game wardenís medical kit before he was placed on the helicopter. He was transferred to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, and later taken to Odessa Medical Center where he is currently undergoing treatment and recovering.
The man is expected to make a full recovery.