Snowmobiler needs helicopter evacuation from Boulder Mountain after 10-metre cliff fall

Two sledders had to be airlifted off of Boulder Mountain on Friday after sustaining injuries in sledding accidents.

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It was a busy Friday for rescuers on Boulder Mountain, who responded with helicopters to two serious injuries.

The first happened at around 11 a.m. on Feb. 24. A 45-year-old man rode his sled off a 10-metre cliff and sustained serious injuries, the Revelstoke RCMP said in a media release. Revelstoke Search & Rescue and paramedics used a helicopter to pick him up and take him to hospital for treatment.

The second incident involved a 33-year-old man from Athabasca, Alta. He got sucked into his sled track and also sustained serious injuries requiring a helicopter evacuation. Getting pulled into the tracks of a snowmobile is a serious safety hazard while sledding. Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the hazard:

Update: There is some question as to the height of the cliff the snowmobiler tumbled off. We have contacted the RCMP and are awaiting clarification. 

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