A woman is recovering at a hospital after a difficult rescue Sunday afternoon in Logan Canyon. Amy Rupp was snowmobiling with a group northwest of White Pine Lake when she wrecked her sled.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Doyle Peck said dispatch operators received a 911 call around 3:30 p.m., reporting that Rupp was riding about a mile from the lake when she crashed. The crash site was in a steep, rocky chute and required multiple search and rescue teams.
“It took quite a few guys to get the ropes down to where she was at,” Peck said. “It is a really nasty chute that was up there. It took the combined effort of the whole team, to get her out of there. They had to trade out, they had to build a fire to keep the guys warm it was really, really cold. It took quite a bit of a combined effort to get her down.”
Deputies are still investigating the crash. They now believe that Rupp was riding through the chute when her sled rolled over her.
Peck explained when rescue teams got to Rupp they were able to stabilize her condition. It then took another four-hours to pull her out of the chute and transport her to a waiting medical helicopter.
“When you are doing those rope systems, it takes a lot time because you have to communicate between multiple people, to release it on one end and pull on the other and move it around. So it is not a quick task. It takes a lot of effort and communication, and our guys did really great at that, they always do. It was a much longer rescue than what we thought it was going to be.”
Rupp had abdominal injuries, along with a dislocated hip and concussion. All of the injuries are non-life threatening. Because of weather at the time, she was flown to a southern Idaho hospital for treatment.