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Woman injured in tubing accident

A 30-year woman hurt her back Saturday after she and a friend climbed on an inner tube and bounded down a hill near Angora Lake. Near the bottom they lost control and slammed into a tree.

Carolyn Leonard, 30, of Rubicon Bay Calif., was in great pain and was flown to Washoe Medical Center in Reno after being stabilized at Barton Memorial Hospital.

Heavy snow made it difficult for rescuers to reach Leonard, who was hurt on her first trip down the hill according to Sgt. Jim Watson of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Road conditions required volunteers from the Sheriff’s search and rescue unit to bring paramedics to the scene on snowmobiles.

“It was a pretty straightforward rescue,” Watson said. “Fortunately our volunteers were available to respond.”

Leonard could not be moved by snowmobile but was instead carried 300 feet through the snow to a clearing where a rescue helicopter landed and took her to the hospital.

“Personally I think tubing is dangerous, but a lot of people do it and enjoy it,” said Watson, who warned that inner tubes magnify the effect of rough terrain. “There is really no way to control it and you are just at the mercy of the hill.”

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