Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador – On September 21, 2019 at 10:20 pm, Stephenville RCMP responded to a call of a hunter in medical distress – a 25-year-old man had sustained head injuries as a result of an ATV rollover near the head waters of Fox Island River, approximately 30 kilometres north of Cold Brook. RCMP, along with partnering agencies Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Eastern Health, Western Health and Stephenville-Kippens-Port Au Port Ground Search and Rescue, worked together through the night to locate and airlift the man for treatment at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook. The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.
The investigation is ongoing but it has been determined that alcohol was not a factor in the incident. The cause of the rollover is believed to be uneven distribution of weight on the ATV.
Police remind hunters to use caution when transporting animals via ATV and to not overload given the potential for rollover in rough terrain. When planning a hunting trip, ensure you are prepared with the proper survival kit and first aid supplies in the event of an emergency or poor weather. Pre-plan your route and advise someone of your plans; this is particularly important in areas where communication via cell phone and radio is limited.
Bay St. George RCMP
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