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In a harrowing incident near Snoqualmie Pass, a husband and wife duo, both 52 years old from Auburn, were injured when their snowmobiles plunged over a 50-foot embankment in the Cooper Lake area. The accident, which occurred late Sunday night, prompted an immediate and complex rescue operation by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office and the Search & Rescue team.

A Late-Night SOS Leads to a Daring Rescue

The ordeal began at approximately 11:51 p.m. Sunday when the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office received an SOS signal from a GPS subscriber near Cooper Lake, located about five miles east of the Snoqualmie Pass summit. The distress signal set off a swift response from the deputies and the Kittitas County Search & Rescue team, who were soon informed that two snowmobilers had suffered a severe accident, going over an embankment into a ravine below.

The Rescue Operation

The rescue operation was challenging due to the steep and snowy terrain. However, through a high-angle rope rescue technique, the team was able to reach the injured couple and safely extract them from the precarious position. The severity of the fall meant that both individuals sustained injuries requiring immediate medical attention.

Immediate Medical Response

Following the rescue, the injured snowmobilers were transported to medical facilities for urgent care. The woman was airlifted to Confluence Health in Wenatchee, while the man received ambulance transportation to a hospital in Yakima. The nature of their injuries has not been disclosed, but the swift response and medical attention provided hope for their recovery.

Safety First: A Reminder for Snowmobilers

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers associated with snowmobiling, especially in areas known for challenging terrain like the vicinity of Snoqualmie Pass. It underscores the importance of preparedness, including the use of GPS and SOS signaling devices, which played a crucial role in the timely rescue of the couple.

Snowmobiling, while a popular and exhilarating winter activity, demands respect for the environment and adherence to safety practices. Riders are encouraged to always stay within marked trails, understand the terrain they are navigating, and be prepared for any emergency. The use of helmets, appropriate winter gear, and communication devices can significantly mitigate the risks associated with this adventurous pastime.

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