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A rescue along the Smith River in 8 inches of new slush and snow saved an injured man Thursday.

Meagher County’s Search and Rescue team used snowmobiles and an ATV to make their way to Canyon Depth Campground, a primitive site on the Smith to rescue the injured person Thursday night, according to the Meagher County Sheriff's Office. Due to weather conditions, no aircraft was available at the time.

Canyon Depth Campground is located 16.9 river miles downstream from the launch at Camp Baker near White Sulphur Springs. The 60-mile float typically takes four or five days.

Montana State Parks reopened the river this week after closing it for a week following a floating party being caught in an ice jam. Local landowners were able to assist the party and help them exit the difficult-to-access river.

After departing at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, they arrived onsite at 12:30 a.m.

The man was brought to the Mountainview Medical Center in White Sulphur Springs around 4 a.m. the next morning after SAR suffered a host of mechanical issues, the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.

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