Updated: February 21, 2021 02:31 PM
Created: February 21, 2021 02:25 PM
An 18-year-old Twin Cities area man is dead after a snowmobile accident on Friday night on Gull Lake.
The Cass County Sheriff's Office says they received a report of a snowmobile crash with serious injuries on Gull Lake in the area of Birch Island shortly after 11:15 Friday night.
On scene, deputies and responders found a 1997 Arctic Cat Snowmobile had been traveling on Gull Lake and crashed into the northwest side of the rocky and wooded shoreline of Birch Island.
The 18-year-old man of Mendota, Minnesota, who was the driver of the snowmobile, was found near the crash scene.
After lifesaving efforts by the man's friend, and deputies on scene, he was transported by helicopter to a St. Cloud hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The man's name was not released.
An autopsy is scheduled with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation is continuing.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Pillager Police Department, Pillager Fire and Rescue, North Memorial Ambulance and AirCare assisted the Cass County Sheriff's Office on scene.
This crash is the fourth serious snowmobile crash reported in Cass County this month.
Sheriff Tom Burch reminds all riders to use extreme caution on trails and lakes, especially in areas that you may not be familiar with.
Burch also says to 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 travelling on frozen waterways, always respect private property and stay on the marked trail systems.
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