Woman rescued from backcountry
BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit County Rescue Group sent four of its members into the backcountry at noon Monday to rescue a woman who had most likely been thrown from a snowmobile.According to Search and Rescue public information officer Mike Schmitt, the woman was a passenger on the snowmobile her boyfriend was driving in Lincoln Meadows between French Gulch and Tiger Run. The two took a jump and the woman was apparently thrown from the sled, suffering a broken leg.Schmitt said he didn’t know the height of the jump, but said most in the area are about 5 feet tall. The couple wasn’t sledding with a tour group, but riding with a group of friends. It is unknown if they were local or not.A paramedic and sheriff’s officer took the Lincoln Park shortcut trail about a mile north of the backcountry closure gate at the end of French Gulch. They and two rescuers brought the woman out via the Yellow Brick Road, a trail at the end of a driveway at the end of French Gulch. It took rescuers about 30 minutes to get to the site.The area has become increasingly popular with snowmobilers because of its rolling terrain, jumps and gullies. “There were so many people up there, it wasn’t even funny,” Schmitt said of the 40 or so snowmobiles in the area at the time. “I foresee us going up there quite a bit this year. I’ve been on search and rescue five years, and I’ve never been there before. We’re getting all kinds of calls there this year.”However, the popularity of the area did prove to be beneficial for rescuers, as one of those snowmobiling in the area was an ex-military medic.”That definitely came in handy,” Schmitt said. “Summit County is one county where you can’t walk a block without passing three EMTs. It’s a great thing.”Schmitt said it’s best if snowmobile drivers ride solo if they plan on taking jumps.”The person on the back is guaranteed to get hucked,” he said. “They aren’t expecting it as much as the person up front, and they have less to hold on to. Yet, people are going to go out and play – there’s nothing wrong with it.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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