According to a Facebook post from Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue, they have "made the very difficult decision" to suspend the search for missing hiker Vaughn Fetzer, last believed to be in the area of Gash Ridge off of 14,345-foot Blanca Peak.
The decision was made because continuing the mission would have pushed the search and rescue crews past their level of acceptable risk. The terrain they have been searching is extremely dangerous due to its technical nature, loose rock, and exposure.
During the search, one crew member was injured after being struck by a dislodged slab of rock. The rock fell several feet onto his right leg. The crew member was extracted by helicopter for medical care.
The announcement also notes that their search area has included all probable routes that have a significant risk of injury or death.
Other agencies that participated in this mission include Colorado Search and Rescue Association, Department of Fire Prevention and Control, Cañon City Helitak, Custer County Search and Rescue, Western Mountain Rescue Team, and the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office.
Vaughn Fetzer, 57, was last heard from on September 18. Our previous post with more detail about where crews were searching can be found here.
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