Snowmobiler dies after medical emergency near S.D.-Wyo. border

BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST, S.D. – A snowmobiler is dead following an apparent medical emergency just inside South Dakota state lines.

Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Weston County emergency units responded to a noontime call of a snowmobiler with unknown injuries 14 miles south of Beaver Creek Campground on Sunday.

According to Sgt. Jeromey Smith with the PCSO Coroner’s office, first responders arrived to find a male, age unknown, deceased from an apparent medical emergency. He was stopped on a snowmobile trail and was not operating the vehicle when he died.

Ground units experienced difficulties traversing the terrain and inadequate cellular service hindered communications in the area. A life flight team and a Search & Rescue unit traveled to the scene to assist in the rescue operation and provided communications tools. A snowcat all-terrain vehicle was used to access the deceased victim.

The snowmobiler’s name and age are being withheld pending the notification of next-of-kin.

The cause of death is currently unknown. The PCSO Coroner’s office is investigating the incident.

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