NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Sunday around 9 a.m. a rock fall and avalanche were reported near the Dreamweaver Couloir on Mount Meeker in Rocky Mountain National Park. Three individuals were involved in the incident. Two people rescued were from Albuquerque. The body of the third person has also been recovered, their identity has not been released.


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Emergency responders learned Sunday Morning about the rock fall and avalanche in Rocky Mountain National Park. Crews rescued two people Sunday afternoon, 27-year-old Michael Grieg and 24-year-old Lillian Martinez, both from Albuquerque.

Due to Grieg’s injuries and his location on the mountain, around 2 p.m. Sunday, Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue requested help from a Colorado National Guard helicopter. Using a winch operated cable the helicopter was able to extricate Grieg. He was flown to Medical Center of the Rockies. Martinez suffered minor injures and was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows to receive medical care around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Around 5:15 p.m. Sunday rescue crews discovered the third person who was deceased. Due to weather conditions crews were unable to recover the mans body.

Tuesday park officials say crews took advantage of a break in the weather to airlift the body out. The man’s body was flown to Upper Beaver Meadows and was taken to the Boulder County Coroner’s Office. The identity of the man has not been released. It is not clear whether he is from Albuquerque too.