Becker County First Responders Rescue Injured Snowmobiler Off Cotton Lake

Becker County First Responders Rescue Injured Snowmobiler Off Cotton Lake Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Weather and deteriorating ice conditions made it difficult for first responders to retrieve an injured snowmobiler Wednesday evening off a lake northeast of Detroit Lakes. The Becker County Sheriff's Office says they received the 9-1-1 call of a single snowmobile crash on Cotton Lake in Eire Township just before 5:40pm. The caller, also the crash victim, 26 year old Nicholas Hanson of Rochert stated he had broken his leg in the crash about 300 yards out from the shoreline.

The Sheriff's Office says the rescue of Hanson was extremely difficult because of the weather and ice conditions. Chief Deputy Shane Richard says emergency personnel responded along with a side-by-side ATV and snowmobile with a tow-able rescue sled and became stuck due to the snow-slush mix and standing water on the lake from the ongoing rainfall. Richard said EMS continued to Hanson, trudging through the slush on foot. Meanwhile, Detroit Lakes Fire Department was dispatched to the scene with the Becker County Sheriff Office airboat. EMS personnel were able to make it to Hanson and pack him on to a back board for transport. By the time the airboat arrived, personnel were able to load him onto the airboat and get him safely to shore.

He was then transported by St. Mary's EMS to Essentia St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.


Becker County's airboat during training session.(Photo provided by Chief Deputy Shane Richard)

The airboat is stored at the Detroit Lakes Fire Department

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