Snowmobile Rescue

Grand County SAR Rescues Snowmobilers with Serious Injuries; Second Incident in A Week at Woods Landing

GRAND COUNTY, COLORADO – A snowmobile accident on Corona Pass Road at Woods Landing prompted a swift and coordinated response from local emergency services yesterday. At approximately 4:09 p.m. on January 6th, the Grand County Search and Rescue team, in collaboration with various local agencies, responded to the distress call, marking the second such incident in the area this week.

Thirteen members of the Grand County Search and Rescue team, alongside Grand County EMS, Sheriff’s Office, Grand Adventures, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, were involved in the operation. The incident involved a 5-year-old girl and a 47-year-old woman, both of whom suffered significant traumatic injuries.

The agencies worked in unison to safely extricate the victims from the challenging terrain. Their efforts ensured that both patients were treated at the scene and then transported to the trailhead by 5:30 p.m. in stable condition. Upon reaching the trailhead, they received further assessment from EMS before being transferred to a hospital in Denver for additional treatment.

This week’s incidents at Woods Landing have raised concerns about safety in the area. Riders are urged to heed safety advisories, reduce speed, and navigate turns carefully on the trail system. The repeated accidents highlight the need for increased awareness and caution among recreational snowmobilers.

Grand County Search and Rescue, a volunteer organization, remains a critical component of the region’s emergency response framework. Operating 24/7/365, they emphasize their commitment to public safety, reminding the community that they never charge for their services.

As the community grapples with the aftermath of these accidents, the coordinated efforts of local agencies stand as a testament to the importance of teamwork and preparedness in emergency situations. The incident serves as a reminder of the inherent risks in winter recreational activities and the crucial role of adhering to safety guidelines.

Stay Safe and Support Our Heroes

As we reflect on the recent snowmobile rescue, it’s crucial to remember the importance of safety while enjoying Colorado’s beautiful, yet sometimes treacherous, winter landscapes. Here are some tips to help ensure your outdoor adventures are safe and enjoyable:

  1. Stay Informed: Always check the weather and trail conditions before heading out.
  2. Be Prepared: Carry essential safety gear, including a first aid kit, GPS device, and a fully charged phone.
  3. Ride Responsibly: Follow all safety guidelines and speed limits when operating snowmobiles or engaging in other winter sports.
  4. Never Go Alone: Always venture out with a buddy and inform someone about your travel plans and expected return time.

 

Buy a Colorado SAR Card!

Apart from these safety tips, there’s another way you can contribute to the safety of all adventurers in Colorado – by purchasing a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (COSAR) card. This card is a way for outdoor enthusiasts to give back to the volunteer teams who dedicate their time and risk their lives to save others.

Why Buy a COSAR Card?

  • Support Volunteer Teams: Funds from COSAR cards help cover the costs incurred by volunteer rescue teams like the Grand County Search and Rescue.
  • Help with Equipment Purchases: Your contribution aids in purchasing essential rescue equipment.
  • Ensure Readiness: The funds ensure these teams are always ready to respond to emergencies.
Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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