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Boy returns to snowmobiling after sinkhole accident

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LOGAN ­­— The 13-year-old who fell in a 20-foot deep sinkhole Thursday afternoon was back out snowmobiling Saturday.

Carter Watterson suffered a separated shoulder and bruised hip, but he said he's doing OK.

"You know, I don't really remember most of it. I remember I went into the hole and thought, ‘Oh boy, I’m not going to come out of this one,’” Watterson said. “It was scary. It was really scary. I’m doing fine. My shoulder hurts and my hips hurt a little bit, but I’m fine."

The incident happened in the Peter Sinks area, a popular for snowmobiling, but it is known for having sinkholes.

Normally, a fence surrounds the area to warn people of the hole, but it wasn't there Thursday.

Carter waited nearly 30 minutes to be found and rescued. His uncle, who has climbing experience, guided Carter into a makeshift harness to be pulled out.

Carter’s father, Jason Watterson said it’s a miracle that his son made it out alive.

“It’s just a total miracle that he's with us today and a miracle we found him. He was down there for 30 minutes before we found where he was,” he said. “I’m just grateful my son was listening to the promptings that got him there."

Watterson could have suffered more serious head injuries, but fortunately, he was wearing a full-face helmet. A crack runs down the side as a result of it taking most of the impact of the accident.

Carter said he plans to return to school Monday.


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