Snowmobiler injured in accident

Fives miles in the woods, Life Netted to Albany Medical Center

LAKE PLEASANT — A Brooklyn man had to be rescued following a snowmobile crash in Hamilton County, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to DEC officials, on Feb. 9 at 3:54 pm, DEC Ray Brook dispatch received a request for assistance from Hamilton County 911 for a snowmobile accident in the Jessup River Wild Forest.

Two DEC forest rangers responded to Mason Lake Trailhead to assist Hamilton County Sheriff’s department, Speculator Volunteer Fire Department and Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps in the rescue of a 21-year-old man.

The rescuers had to travel five miles on snowmobiles to reach the injured man by 4:35 p.m.

According to the DEC, the snowmobiler had been traveling toward Mason Lake when he left the trail, traveled through some trees, and came to rest on the ice of Mason Lake Outlet. Basic first aid was administered and the man was readied for travel. Forest rangers assisted in transporting him back to the trailhead, where he was transferred to a Piseco ambulance vehicle.

He was brought to a landing zone where he was transferred to a Life Net helicopter and flown to Albany Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries.

The incident concluded at 7 p.m.

According to the DEC, the snowmobile operator was subsequently ticketed for imprudent speed.

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