BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue was dispatched to Elk Lake Lodge on Saturday, to help transport a Seattle woman injured in a snowmobile accident.
Katje Fiala was reportedly snowmobiling near Todd Lake when she crashed between two trees at about 10:30 a.m., Friday. She did not initially report the accident, but realized Saturday morning that further medical treatment would be needed. The 36-year-old woman was renting a cabin near Elk Lake and Lodge personnel notified the Sheriff's Office.
Rescue efforts were complicated because Century Drive is closed for the season, only open to snowmobiles and skiers. A Search and Rescue team rode snowmobiles to the lodge and determined Fiala should be transported to the hospital by helicopter. Life Flight was dispatched and landed on Century Drive, near the entrance to Elk Lake. Fiala was transported to St. Charles Bend with non-life threatening injuries.