Snowmobiler stranded in Salisbury woods released from hospital

By WKTV News

The snowmobiler stranded in the woods after a snowmobile accident in Salisbury is on the mend at home now.

Officials at St. Elizabeth Medical Center say James Sweet, 51, of Poland, has been released from their care.

Sweet found himself stranded in the cold following a snowmobiling accident in the Town of Salisbury.

According to officials, around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, Sweet knocked on the door of a home on Jerseyfield Road, about a mile from the Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club. The homeowner saw that Sweet had a head injury and his hands were bloody and called 911.

Authorities said Sweet was suffering from severe hypothermia and was possibly delusional, telling the homeowner that he was from Arizona and that he was being attacked by dogs. After that, Sweet collapsed.

When crews arrived on the scene, they say Sweet was not breathing, but that they were able to "bring him back." He was then brought by ambulance to the Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club and airlifted to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica by LifeNet.

Later Monday evening, State Police would state that Sweet sustained "non life-threatening injuries."

Fire officials said Sweet had no identification on him at the time of the incident, but by late morning, they had found his sled and determined that he had been traveling at an unsafe speed on snowmobile trail C4F in Salisbury when he exited the east side of the trail and struck a tree.

Sweet tried to start his sled repeatedly, officials said, until the recoil starter broke. That's when he decided to leave his snowmobile and walked a total of between eight and ten miles to the residence he showed up at Monday morning.

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