Snowmobiler rescued off Indepndence Pass |

Snowmobiler rescued off Indepndence Pass

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Mountain Rescue Aspen rescued a stranded snowmobiler off Independence Pass on Saturday night.

The Sheriff’s Office released a statement Sunday that said the wife of the snowmobiler reported that he was a few hours past due, was riding on Independence Pass alone and could not be reached.

“A deputy from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was immediately dispatched to the trailhead and located the missing snowmobile rider’s car. Mountain Rescue Aspen was notified, and they dispatched a team of four members with snowmobiles to try and locate the stranded snowmobiler,” the statement said.

The Mountain Rescue Aspen members located the missing snowmobiler at around 10:22 p.m. He was stranded due to mechanical problems with his sled, the statement said.

Everyone was out of the field by 11:30 p.m.

The statement said that Mountain Rescue Aspen would like to remind the community of backcountry dangers.

“People should be fully prepared to spend the night in the wilderness unexpectedly,” the statement said. “Anytime you travel in the backcountry, you should leave a detailed description of your plan with someone in case of an emergency. In this case, the good fortune of a quick response allowed for a successful rescue.”

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