UMATILLA COUNTY, Wash. - Two Umatilla County deputies on snowmobile patrol located an accident near Jubilee Lake Saturday.
The Umatilla County Sheriffs Office sent out a release on the accident which read:
On March 9th, 2019, while on snowmobile patrol near Jubilee Lake in northern Umatilla County, Deputy Rick Carter and Deputy Jonathan Roberts located a snowmobile accident involving a 10 year old boy.
The boy’s parents were with him and luckily, the accident occurred only about a few minutes before the deputies arrived.
It appeared that the boy rode over a berm and became airborne, and then fell down a 15 to 20 foot embankment.
His snowmobile struck a tree while about four feet in the air and he was thrown from the machine.
The boy was lying in the trees with a possible broken leg, and was in a lot of pain.
While putting a rescue plan together, two young men stopped and offered to assist.
With their help, the deputies were able to use the winch on our Utility Task Vehicle (side by side), which is equipped with snow tracks, to slowly pull the boy up the embankment.
The deputies then transported the injured boy inside the UTV for approximately 15 miles to the main highway where they met an ambulance, who took the boy to a hospital in Walla Walla, WA. \
Great work Deputy Carter and Deputy Roberts!
In addition to helping us with the injured boy during the rescue, the two good citizens helped load and transport the damaged snowmobile for the family.
These good citizens gave up their day to help others, using their own time, energy and fuel to help when they could have rode on by.
Their assistance enabled the deputies to concentrate on the getting the injured boy the medical help he needed, and we are grateful for their help!