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Rescue prompts ATV safety tips

A rescue above Dock Flats on Monday night involving law enforcement, Mantua Fire and Box Elder Search and Rescue resulted in the retrieval of an injured Honeyville man.  The incident, which could have had a much more tragic ending, also prompted some ATV safety tips from the Box Elder Sheriff’s office.

The ordeal began about 4:30 p.m. on March 24.  A 19-year-old male called 911, stating his ATV was stuck in the snow near Dock Flats, had injured an ankle and was suffering from the cold.

Officials from Park and Recreation, along with a deputy, searched for the ATVer, but the man was not sure of his exact location and officers were unable to find him.  Help from Mantua Fire/First Responders was requested and the search continued until 7 p.m., at which time Search and Rescue was called in to assist.

Macpherson was discovered by the Mantua crew about 7:30 p.m. They took care of his ankle injury, as well as treated him for hypothermia and chest pains.

Because of his location, about 700 feet down the ATV trail from White Rock Lower Dock Flats, Search and Rescue was needed to assist in bring the victim off the mountain and to an ambulance waiting at Dock Flats.  He was transported about 8:30 p.m., to Brigham City Community Hospital.

Chief Deputy Kevin Potter reminds ATV riders that Willard Peak Road is gated until Memorial Day weekend, but an ATV fence does allow minimal access.  “The road is snow-packed above Dock Flat and extreme caution should be used when riding there,” he said.

He suggested those eager to take their ATVs out under current conditions should never ride alone or without proper safety gear and a helmet.  They should also make sure they have a definite route lined out and that they share it with someone else, as well as their expected time of return.

Since weather, ATV problems or even injury can delay a return, “be prepared to spend the night,” he added.

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