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

By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL | Posted - May 19th, 2019 @ 7:17pm

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.

Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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