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Gull Lake Snowmobile Crash Results in Fatality

Web posted February 23, 2021
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reported that on February 19th at 11:18 PM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a snowmobile crash with serious injuries on Gull Lake in the area of Birch Island.

Cass County Deputies and Responders arrived and found a 1997 Arctic Cat Snowmobile had been traveling on Gull Lake and crashed into a rocky and wooded shoreline on the northwest side of Birch Island. The driver of the snowmobile, an 18-year-old male, of Mendota MN, was located near the crash scene.

CPR was initiated by a friend of the victim that was also riding in the area. Continued lifesaving efforts were conducted on scene and the victim was transported via helicopter to a St. Cloud MN Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy is scheduled with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation is continuing.

Assisting on scene were the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Pillager Police Department, Pillager Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance and AirCare.

This crash is the fourth serious snowmobile crash reported in Cass County this month. Sheriff Burch would like to remind all riders to use extreme caution on trails and lakes, especially in areas that you may not be familiar with. Remember that you should never ride alone, dress for safety and survival, slow down and stay to the right on the trail or ditch, don’t drink alcohol and ride, use caution when traveling on frozen waterways, always respect private property and stay on the marked trail systems.

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