Model Christie Brinkley and five others were plucked from 12,800 feet up a mountain by helicopter Friday after the copter they were riding in crashed. Brinkley suffered minor injuries.
The group was trapped on the mountain in heavy winds and snow for five hours after their helicopter went down near Ophir, about six miles south of Telluride. The cause of the crash was not known.
A rescue helicopter had to make several trips to the site, braving 50-m.p.h. winds. Its crew hoisted members of Brinkley’s group off the mountain by cable, said Jim Arbaugh of High Country Helicopters.
A man in the group who wasn’t identified was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. His condition wasn’t immediately released. Brinkley suffered minor injuries, a spokeswoman said.
The helicopter was carrying four skiers, a guide and the pilot on a heli-skiing outing.
Among the skiers were Brinkley and Sandra Carradine, the ex-wife of actor Keith Carradine.