Rescuers busy Tuesday

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— Back-to-back backcountry rescues kept Routt County Search and Rescue crews busy Tuesday.

Just after 11 a.m., a call came in from the friend of a 29-year-old man who hurt himself skiing on Soda Mountain. While skiing the south face of lower Soda Mountain, the man apparently took a jump and landed on a rock, severely injuring his upper leg, said Russ Sanford, Search and Rescue's incident commander.

The man was taken by sled and snowmobile to the Dry Lake parking lot, where a waiting ambulance transported him to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Just a few hours later, Search and Rescue crews were called out again to evacuate a woman who had been injured while snowmobiling on Rabbit Ears Pass.

About 3:20 p.m., Search and Rescue got a call to help the 52-year-old woman, who injured her face and shoulder after losing control of her snowmobile and running into a tree, Sanford said.

The woman was on a Steamboat Springs Snowmobile Tour ride about three miles from the company's headquarters.

When rescue crews reached her, snowmobile company employees were caring for her, and the employees helped crews evacuate her, Sanford said.

That woman was also transported to the hospital for treatment.

Due to new federal privacy regulations, the identities and conditions of the patients were unavailable.

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