Man injured sledding at Chena Hot Springs

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 40-year-old man injured his back while sledding down a hill behind Chena Hot Springs Resort on Thursday.

Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Nicholas Rich said the man had reached the end of the hill when he went airborne and landed on a rock. He declined to release the man's name, citing patient confidentiality.

The resort is about 60 miles east of Fairbanks.

The fire department received the call at about 3 p.m. and reached the resort at 3:42 p.m. with an ambulance and support vehicles. Staff at the hot springs had covered the man with blankets and did not him move, Rich said.

Rescue officials determined the man's injury was serious enough to request a helicopter from Fort Wainwright's 68th Medical Co. Air Ambulance. The helicopter flew the man to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

''He was in severe pain,'' Rich said.

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