Army helicopter crew rescues injured snowmobile rider in Oregon

By DONALD W. MEYERS | The Yakima Herald-Republic | Published: March 16, 2019

YAKIMA, Wash. (Tribune News Service) — A U.S. Army helicopter from the Yakima Training Center came to the aid of a 44-year-old Oregon man who ruptured his spleen after hitting a tree on Mount Adams Thursday.

Yakima County sheriff’s deputies were notified around 2:15 p.m. of the incident, which happened in the Hellroaring Canyon area on Mount Adams, within the Yakama Nation reservation. The man was coming down a hill when he lost control of his snowmobile and bailed out, Sgt. Randy Briscoe said.

The man tumbled into a tree, and 15 minutes later his condition started deteriorating, Briscoe said. His companions called for help, and were instructed to make a fire to keep him warm until he could be rescued, Briscoe said.

Trout Creek Fire Department was asked for help, and due to the remote location, the Army helicopter crew was sent out about 3:45 p.m. to rescue the man from the mountain, Briscoe said.

He was flown to Astria Regional Medical Center, where his spleen was removed, Briscoe said.

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