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Cell phone helps locate snow mobile operator in need of help


PORTER TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- A stranded snowmobile driver was happy to see Van Buren County Deputies arrive on their own snowmobiles after he got his snowmobile stuck in the woods and suffered a medical emergency.

The 64-year-old from Lawton may think twice before he heads out into the woods alone again after repeated attempts to dislodge his snow-mobile left him winded and disoriented and suffering from breathing issues Friday.

He was lost out in the deep snow somewhere between 32nd Street and County Road 669 in Porter Township, about a mile from help.

Fortunately he had a Cell Phone and dispatch used his signal to direct the deputies to his location in the woods and pull him out to a waiting ambulance. He is expected to recover.