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Sheriff's Office reminds backcountry travelers to stay safe
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Weather in North Idaho back country is still deceiving recreators. A news release sent out by Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office says they had to respond to three separate search and rescue incidents on Saturday.

At 2:30 p.m., three deputies went out to a remote area near Sunset Peak to pick up an injured 23-year-old man who broke his leg during a snowmobile accident. Because of the distance, a nurse from Shoshone Medical Center came with them. The injured man was eventually transported to Shoshone Medical Center, but then transferred to Kootenai Medical Center for further treatment.

About two hours later at 4:45 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was able to assist Silver Mountain Ski Patrol find three juveniles who attempted to ski or snowboard down the gondola tower line. Once their location was determined, they were rescued and reunited to their family at the gondola base.

Just before 6 p.m., a third call came in from a man’s wife who said three friends had already gone out to search for the man who was skiing. Deputies and rescue volunteers assisted with the search, finding him near Trapper Creek and Pine Creek Road.

To avoid future situations like this, the Sheriff’s Office wants remind everyone that winter travel in areas outside of ski resorts and maintained winter trails requires proper planning, preparation, equipment and emergency supplies.

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