Injured snowmobiler spends frigid night at bottom of embankment

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A snowmobiler from Kingsboro spent Friday night and early Saturday morning at the bottom of an embankment nursing an injured leg as he waited for help to arrive after he failed to negotiate a turn and crashed his snowmobile.

RCMP said the man, in his 40s, remained conscious and alert throughout the night, but could not walk on his injured leg so he waited with the sled for help to arrive. He attempted to use his cell phone, but was unable to get a signal.

 At approximately 7:15 a.m. a friend of the injured man located him and with the help of another man was brought out to the road by snowmobile and taken to Kings County Memorial Hospital by Island EMS. He was treated and released. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the collision. 

RCMP said they received a call about the missing man at 6:30 Saturday morning and along with Island EMS and Eastern Kings Fire Department initiated a search.

In a prepared statement, RCMP said that given the extreme cold temperatures during the night the man could have died due to exposure had he not been wearing the proper clothing and reminded snowmobilers to always be prepared and to dress for the elements.

Organizations: RCMP, Kings County Memorial Hospital, Eastern Kings Fire Department

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