Jul 15, 2013 6:38 PM
During this summertime heat, cooling off in the water seems like a good idea. And it’s all fun and games until someone, or someones, gets hurts.
That is was case this weekend after two hikers were seriously injured during two separate incidents at the popular Paradise hiking area known as The Flumes.
These accidents happened less than 24 hours between each other this weekend: Gage Newton of Chico suffered a partially collapsed lung and needed seven staples to close the gash on his head after falling 30 feet at The Flumes Saturday; while Scott DeLong of Paradise fractured 12 vertebrates, received seven stitches and sustained a concussion after falling at the same hiking spot on Sunday.
“I was thinking I got to keep breathing, I got to keep my eyes open, I got to stay alert,” Newton said, recalling being airlifted in an emergency helicopter. “I’m not ready to die.”
Both DeLong and Newton were treated at Enloe Hospital. Newton is recovering at home while DeLong is still hospitalized.