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A 49-year-old man from Cardigan was injured Friday night when his snowmobile left the Confederation Trail in Peakes and crashed at the bottom of an embankment where the trail crosses a body of water.
Snowmobilers at the scene assisted RCMP and Island EMS members in getting to the man with their medical supplies as his location was not accessible by car. Paramedics attended to the injured man and were able to get him secured to a backboard. RCMP, East River Fire Rescue, EMS and snowmobilers formed lines and passed the injured man from one person to the next getting him from his location through deep snow, up the steep embankment, onto the trail and 500 meters down the trail to the waiting ambulance.
The driver was transported to the QEH and is being held for observation. Police are continuing their investigation.
“Directly before and after this overpass it is heavily treed on both sides of the trail and the outcome would likely have been worse had it not happened where it did," said RCMP Constable Doug Baker.