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Search and Rescue aids hurt woman

52-year-old injured while snowmobiling

Zach Fridell

— A 52-year-old woman suffered a severe back injury while snowmobiling with a group at Saddleback Ranch on Thursday morning.

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers were called to the ranch on Routt County Road 179 at about 10:30 a.m. Search and Rescue spokeswoman Dawn Alperti said the woman, who is from out of state, reportedly was riding on a snowmobile with her husband when they went over a series of bumps. The woman was not thrown from the sled but asked to stop and said she was in severe pain.

Because she was about two miles from the ranch house, five members of Search and Rescue met her at the site where the snowmobiles stopped and loaded her into a sled at about 11:15 a.m.

Rescuers took her back to a staging area at a nearby road and transferred the woman to a Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue ambulance.

Medical crews reported at the time that the woman was reporting severe pain in her back and had shortness of breath. They took her via ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

A representative from Saddleback Ranch was not available Thursday evening, but a person who answered the phone confirmed the woman was on a group tour.

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue ambulance chief Mel Stewart said the man was sick, and Stewart thinks a passer-by called in to report seeing the man in the snow. Stewart would not provide the location where the man was found or any details about his medical condition. No other agencies responded to the call.

Information from dispatch radio communication at the time indicates the man might have been outside for three hours and had a very low body temperature.

Medical crews took the man to YVMC with non-life-threatening injuries.