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Spokane Winter Knights gives snowmobile safety tips

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In light of snowmobiler Barry Sadler getting stranded for a day and a half near Ford Hill, Spokane snowmobile experts say snowmobiling alone is a dangerous situation. In light of snowmobiler Barry Sadler getting stranded for a day and a half near Ford Hill, Spokane snowmobile experts say snowmobiling alone is a dangerous situation.
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In light of snowmobiler Barry Sadler getting stranded for a day and a half near Ford Hill, Spokane snowmobile experts say snowmobiling alone is a dangerous situation.

Sadler was snowmobiling with a friend Sunday afternoon, but that friend went home when his snowmobile ran low on fuel.

When family members hadn't heard from Sadler, deputies searched for him, but did not find him.

Sadler was found by friends when he walked out of the woods Tuesday morning.

Experts say if you do find yourself injured or alone while snowmobiling, an emergency kit is crucial for survival. A first aid kit, a compass, a map, and waterproof matches are just a few essentials.

"Emergency flares. Of course you always want to have a flashlight, extra batteries. And a whistle in case you get tired of yelling," said Wayne Smith member of the Spokane Winter Knights Search and Rescue Unit.

Smith says if you're going to be out snowmobiling, let others know where you plan to go.

"Know what route you're going to take, have some pre-coordinated rendezvous points if you do get separated from others, and times associated with it. That way you're not going all day with somebody missing," said Smith.

If you do get injured or stranded alone, try to stay put.

"As much as possible you stay at the site because it's easier to find. If you're looking for a lost snowmobile, the fewer tracks we've got to chase down and try to figure out where they went and if it's the right person or not the better," said Smith.

Smith's best piece of advice is to not snowmobile alone.

"I can't over emphasize too much how important it is to always travel with others, particularly if you're snowmobiling," said Smith.

For more information on the Spokane Winter Knights, click here: http://www.winterknights.org/

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