Two snowmobilers injured in 30-foot plunge north of Orr

Duluth News Tribune News Brief

Two snowmobilers were injured Friday night when they and their machines landed in a ravine, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported.

According to the report, Victoria Lynn Spandl, 52, of Randall, Minnesota, and Howard John Hedin, 69, of Swanville, Minnesota, were traveling in a group of eight northbound in the ditch of U.S. Highway 53 about 15 miles north of Orr. Both Spandl and Hedin went over a rock cliff, landing about 30 feet below in the bottom of a ravine. The Sheriff's Office placed the time of the incident as 10:45 p.m.

First responders used rescue toboggans, ropes and an all-terrain vehicle to rescue the two, according to the Sheriff's Office. Both Spandl and Hedin were transported by Orr Ambulance to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center with injuries that were described as not life-threatening.

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