Hiker injured in fall near Telluride as she tried to aid fallen puppy

A hiker was injured over the weekend in a 30-foot fall at Bridal Veil Falls as she was trying to rescue a puppy.

The incident happened before noon Saturday, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office.

A 25-year-old Denver woman was hiking with friends when a 3-month old puppy lost its footing near the Bridal Veil gate and fell about 15-feet into a narrow chute, according to a news release. A man scampered below the chute to catch the puppy if it fell through. Meanwhile, the Denver woman made her way just above the puppy when she fell, at least 30 feet. The man below was able to partially break her fall, and they both slid about 20 feet along a vertical scree field.

Deputies, San Miguel County Search and Rescue, and the Telluride Fire Protection District EMS responded at about 11:30 a.m., performing a technical rope and litter rescue to safely get the woman off the mountain.

The puppy, named Blue, was also helped off the mountain with the use of a technical rope rescue, the release said. The puppy was not injured.

The hiker was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. The man who broke her fall had minor injuries, the release said. He was treated at the Telluride Regional Medical Center and released. Blue was reunited with it’s owner.

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