Snowmobiler rescued in upper Fryingpan
Aspen, CO Colorado
THOMASVILLE – A snowmobile rider who suffered a broken leg was airlifted from the upper Fryingpan Valley Friday, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Craig Peckat suffered a broken femur while snowmobiling off Hagerman Pass near Ivanhoe Lake, in the upper reaches of the valley. A member of his party road down to the trailhead on Frying Pan Road and then drove his vehicle to Thomasville to summon help, according to a sheriff’s office press release issued Saturday.
Members of the sheriff’s office and Mountain Rescue Aspen facilitated the rescue. A Flight for Life helicopter was dispatched from Denver and was able to land near the injured rider. Two Basalt firefighters from Station 43 also responded on snowmobiles to assist other members of the snowmobiling party out of the field.
Peckat was transported by helicopter to the Summit Medical Center, where he was treated for his injury. The sheriff’s office offered no information about Peckat’s place of residence.
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