Wyoming man rescued after snowmobile crash in Utah's Sevier County

Wyoming man rescued after snowmobile crash in Utah's Sevier County

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MONROE, Sevier County — The Sevier County Sheriff's Office had to carry out a rescue operation in a complicated series of stages to get to a Wyoming man injured in a Sunday snowmobile crash.

The man, 46, from Star Valley, Wyoming, was able to call authorities at 10:18 a.m. Sunday to report the crash that happened about two hours earlier while he was crossing a creek, according to a release by Sevier County Sheriff Nathan Curtis.

The victim walked to his cabin and reported he was suffering from chest pain and shortness of breath.

Curtis said dispatchers called out a medical helicopter, but poor visibility forced the helicopter to land at a location several thousand feet lower in elevation and several miles away.

The county's search and rescue team had to transport the victim in a tracked side by side, then via a search and rescue vehicle and later in a 45-minute ride by ambulance to rendezvous with the helicopter just before 3 p.m.

Curtis said the man was then flown to an area hospital for his injuries.

"We appreciate all our volunteers and partners who helped in this rescue," he said.

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Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Amy Joi O’Donoghue is a reporter for the Utah InDepth team at the Deseret News with decades of expertise in land and environmental issues.


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