A 42-year-old man collapsed and died on Tubbs Hill Saturday after a short fall in a rocky area of the rugged city park.
Rescue workers were unable to revive the man, whose heart failed after the fall.
The man, who was not identified by police, was hiking with family and friends in the afternoon when the accident occurred. He reportedly fell only three feet. He then complained of dizziness before losing consciousness, paramedics reported.
“The area they were on is quite steep,” said Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Darryl Cutler. “You use some muscle to get up there.”
The call for help came shortly after 4 p.m.
Police and medics had a difficult time reaching the man, described as being at least six-feet tall and 200 pounds, because of the steep terrain and distance from city streets.
A police officer initiated CPR after discovering that the victim’s pulse was weak. A helicopter ambulance was summoned, despite rescuers’ concerns that it would be unable to land in the small clearing on top of Tubbs Hill.
The nearest road to the scene is Pine Avenue, which climbs the south side of the hill. The trail to the top is on an extremely steep grade.
As paramedics continued CPR on the man, his wife, children and friends comforted each other on a nearby rocky outcropping.
He was reportedly vacationing with his family and was from out of town.
At about 5 p.m., after more than 30 minutes of unsuccessful efforts to save him, paramedics discontinued CPR.
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