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Firefighters pull injured East Grand Forks snowmobiler from Red River shoreline

An 18-year-old East Grand Forks man was injured in a snowmobile accident on the shore of the Red River Wednesday night. The Grand Forks Fire Department responded at about 4:45 p.m. to the accident on the East Grand Forks shore of the Red River, a...

An 18-year-old East Grand Forks man was injured in a snowmobile accident on the shore of the Red River Wednesday night.

The Grand Forks Fire Department responded at about 4:45 p.m. to the accident on the East Grand Forks shore of the Red River, across from Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks, said Grand Forks Fire Capt. Douglas Stern.

It appeared the man was snowmobiling along the shoreline, hit a riverbank about 10 feet high and crashed, Stern said. The man was not driving on the river.

Within an hour, the man was transported to the emergency room by Altru Ambulance, said Sgt. Chris Olson, of the East Grand Forks Police Department.

About an hour after the crash, Olson said the injuries were probably not life-threatening, but he was not sure.

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The police department is withholding the man’s name pending communication with his family.

The fire department faced challenges in rescuing the man, including climbing up the riverbank with him amid snow and freezing temperatures, Stern said.

East Grand Forks Fire Department assisted on scene with a snowmobile.

Grand Forks Police Department was also on scene, Stern said.

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