Hiker airlifted from Grand Jean after illness strands him on the trail
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On Tuesday afternoon, the Boise County Sheriff’s Office was contacted regarding the evacuation of 42-year-old Scot Nichols of Boise from the forest northeast of Grand Jean, Idaho.
Nichols had hiked with his wife to a mountain lake about 10 miles from the Grand Jean Lodge on Saturday morning. Nichols apparently suffered from unknown medical issues that did not allow him to return to the lodge on his own and spent Sunday and Monday ill with increasing signs of dehydration.
On Tuesday morning Nichols' wife left him on the trail about 5 miles from the Grand Jean Lodge and hiked out in order to contact Boise County Sheriff’s Office.
With the coordination of the Boise County Sheriff's Office, Idaho Communications and Forest Service Law Enforcement, Air St Lukes was able to land a helicopter about 1 ½ miles from Nichols so that a crew could hike to his location on foot.
The difficult location required assistance from the Idaho Air Guard, who responded with a Black Hawk helicopter and completed Nichols' extraction via a sling lift into their helicopter.
A second Life Flight Air Helicopter was dispatched to Grand Jean as the EMT’s from the first flight completed the 1 ½ mile hike back to their chopper.
Air St. Lukes #2 flew Nichols to St. Lukes in Boise for treatment.