Suicide by freezing prevented by CU student's roommate, rescue crew at Chautauqua

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As we've reported, yesterday's morning low of -15 degrees Fahrenheit was one of the ten coldest temperatures ever recorded in Denver, and the night before was nearly that cold -- a deep, deep chill that appears to have prompted a reportedly suicidal CU-Boulder student to head to Chautauqua with the apparent intention of freezing to death.

He might have succeeded were it not for his concerned roommate and a rescue squad that braved the conditions and found him in time. Details below.

On Wednesday night, December 4, according to the Boulder County Sheriffs Office, the roommate of the nineteen-year-old student had informed the CU Police Department about the situation, as well as launching a frantic effort to find him. And things looked grim after the roommate found a backpack containing belongings of the student at Chautauqua Park's Bluebell shelter.

At around 11 p.m. , the BCSO, along with personnel from the CUPD and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks mounted a search, and by the time they found the student, he was in bad shape; he's described as having been "severely hypothermic, semi-responsive and severely frostbitten."

Here's a photo from the scene provided by the BCSO:

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Once the student was located, folks from Rocky Mountain Rescue and American Medical Response jumped into action, keeping him as warm as possible until he could be evacuated to Boulder Community Hospital.

At this point, no information about the student's condition has been made available, but there seems little doubt he would have died on Chautauqua without help. The BCSO warns against people attempting a rescue like this one, particularly given the extreme conditions -- but an office spokesman also acknowledges that the "roommates' courageous efforts led to a successful suicide intervention and likely saved their roommate's life."

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa January 2011: "Boulder dogs are on thin ice: Firefighters rescue three pooches in two days."

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Colton J Kuddes
Colton J Kuddes

way to put someone's sad personal biz o blast...I'd want to kill myself even more after being humiliated with this article

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

To clarify my initial comment, I never said suicidal people should be prevented from dying, because it isn't fair to force someone to suffer through life if there are no effective ways for them to cope with their problems. But it is pretty fucked up for someone to definitively say he only did it for attention and to have the general attitude of "good riddance" towards this kid.

Patrick O'Smitty
Patrick O'Smitty

all you people don't know shit. one should be allowed to do with their own life whatever the hell they want. you people only care because it makes you feel uncomfortable that someone would do this. who is anyone to tell someone what they can do with their life? its not about compassion, or doing the 'right' thing--its about freedom. you're all fascists.

Patrick O'Smitty
Patrick O'Smitty

you can't even kill yourself in this shit world, huh? without a bunch of 'heroes' stopping you just to make themselves feel better.

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

Bravo! Keep in mind how hard this time of year is for many people .

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Honestly, Mikey, I find it rather odd (and sort of creepy) that you would "like" my comments after several ill-fated attempts at having my profile reported to the FB Stasi.

Melanie Ninoska Escaffi
Melanie Ninoska Escaffi

What a terrible way to (attempt to) die. Must have been a hard place in this student's head to be done with life enough to attempt this. I'm glad they were saved.

Madison Chelsea Watson
Madison Chelsea Watson

this made me cry a little.... -15 is so cold. but why is this student's life the only one that is sacred? Denver alone has over 11,000 homeless. where were they when it was -15 outside? who saved them? glad this kid is ok. all the haters on this thread....why? what's the point of shrouding a happy ending with your negativity? what do you get out of it?

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

oh that's nice. Racial slur time from good ol' Jenny!

Dave Shuck
Dave Shuck

When you suggest "you'll stick with the [dick] you've got," one can only presume your referring to the swollen protuberance that dangles like a participle between your legs because you are certainly no lady after reading this train wreck of a thread. This Christmas, it's my hope you will tip your hairstylist well, Jenny. She does a remarkable job of hiding your lobotomy scar.

Kristina Vega
Kristina Vega

girl ppl are stupid I agree cuz most of the time kids just want attention ppl need to leave your personal life out of it I don't know how you stay so calm I would be on the door step raising hell girl keep ur voice that' whats important

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

Creepy Jenny Castaneda, mother of the year, has been sending me hilarious private messages all day and night. She knows exactly where I live, and I have told her on several occasions that I would be happy to meet up with her anywhere in the county, so she can get this high school fight she wants so bad. Alas, I have had no response from her when I invite her to stand behind her threats and come meet me. Instead, she continues to harass me from every way possible on facebook, like the simple-minded coward she is. I called your bluff, Jenny. But please keep posting things, it's hilarious for the rest of us to watch you crumble. Get a life, honey.

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Well Dave good thing I'm santa right?! I don't want to eat more than one dick I'll stick with the one I have :) I tend to believe most of the other dicks out there are infected with aids or STDs lol

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Crazy message from heather in a message Don't message me again. I just found this in my "other" folder, and will be adding it to the list of harassment I've had from you today. Your posting of my personal information and threats are considered harassment. I have screen shots of everything you have said, including the things you have deleted. The fact that you threatened me, and have publicly posted about how you have been searching for where I live all day and posting my address are grounds enough already for a police report and charges for harassment and stalking. If these things are not deleted, you will be hearing from the Westminster police and my attorney. Hell, even if you delete these things, at this point you have caused yourself enough damage and can be in serious legal trouble either way. Hopefully I feel a little nicer after you delete these things to not still press charges. -Heather

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

If anyone googled Heather virgo they would find what I found I'm sure that's public lol

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Heather Virgo I'm glad to know that's how you speak.. good thing you only have a dog in your life lol you are clearly not going to be cape able of raising kids lol

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

It is really better with people with mental issues take themselves out.. we don't need crazy people around!

Sally Angel Sparrow
Sally Angel Sparrow

Jenny - what are YOU doing to help other people? Give us examples of how you're making the world a better place or STFU.

Sally Angel Sparrow
Sally Angel Sparrow

Jenny is just desperate for attention, ANY attention, otherwise she'd stop commenting. It's pretty pathetic and sad really. I hope that she's really not as contemptible as her comments make her out to be. Life will be quite hard for her if she doesn't grow a heart.

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

I'll tell you again, since you seem to be missing it. Remove the info you have posted about me. I am done with your crazy messages (that no one here gets to see!) and comments.

Jason Timothy Ward
Jason Timothy Ward

Facebook, where everything turns into a debate & miserable people can never comment on the actual topic, only on eachother in a disgusting low life manner. Wake up, grow up & work on YOU.

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

Have you not heard all the other people here call you a piece of shit, a bitch, etc... how they would want to be dead too if they were your parents, you imbecile?!! Everyone thinks you are idiot trash! I don't see you trying to fight anyone that actually lives near you, coward. You want to keep fucking with me? I will tell you for the last time - You know where I live from your clever googling you're so proud of. You want to brawl so bad you're STILL unblocking me long enough to send me psycho private messages? Then DO IT instead of hiding behind your little pussy ass facebook persona, you ugly, close set eyes, nasty scag. Come see me, like you said you were going to do, or shut your ugly cock sucker!

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

Show me in print screen of me saying anything like that.. call the cops call your attorney I'll give you my phone number to contact me you are crazy lmao

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

Well she's acting like one. For what reasons I do not know. Maybe she has severe death issues herself.

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

Should have left YOU out there stupid Jenny!

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

"You only have a dog"? Only?? Really? Some people prefer dogs over bratty stupid kids.

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

You don't know what he was going through.

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

Compassion should not be more prevalent just because it's Christmas. It should be an all year thing!

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

Wow. So I'm not the only one who is a bad mood. It's good not to be alone.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Dave, there isn't any more dick left for Jenny. Apparently, you seem to have eaten them all.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Yes, Yes, and no, I don't. Otherwise, I would have offed myself long ago. It's because I LACK such "issues" (the bulk of which are actually completely fabricated by the psychiatric industry in order to peddle an already drugged society even more drugs, mind you) is why I can sit back and laugh at little DWEEBS like this guy as well as self-aggrandizing asshats like yourself, Mikey.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

....unless said others also happen to be hopelessly pathetic miserable sods like him, then by all means, he should drag them 6 feet under with him.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Welcome to Facebook. Log in, sign up, or learn less. Connect with other miserable excuses for life and disengage from the world around you on Facebook."

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

That wasn't snow that white ball was made of. Trololololooool!!!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

What if said person's existence is the cause for MY own continued suffering? Do I also have the right to decide that said person's life is not suitable for ME anymore?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

When it comes to Lamebook drama, NOTHING -- absolutely NOTHING -- is "off limits." LuLz.

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

Don't need you blowing out an artery with your fury either. Good thing you tried so hard to act like such an upstanding, eloquent citizen all day..... I bet you have a headache.

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

You're going to start your mom's basement on fire with all this hate you have in your heart, Josh. Simmer down!

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

You got me. You've driven me to act like you. You win! Nobody cares but you win. I give up. Thank god.

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

Haaaaaa! Exactly what I hoped for! Tell me more, Fat Boy!! I can almost see the smoke comin' out yer ears!!!!

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

Also, Josh, pretty please tell me more about tact and intelligence! I know coming from you I can learn so much! Pfffftt....

Heather Virgo
Heather Virgo

Yep. Called a bitch, cunt& pussy by the chick Jenny says she's going to come and get. No knocks on my door yet....

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