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Couple rescued after horse accident

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POWELL, Wyo. -

A Powell couple were evacuated from the Sweetwater drainage approximately 2 miles north of the Wapiti Campground on Saturday, July 7th after their animals bucked them off and returned to the campground without them. Jenkins Clarkson, age 59, and his wife Heather Clarkson, age 44, both from Powell were riding in the drainage when the accident occurred; Jenkins on a mule and Heather on a quarter horse.

The call came in to the Park County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center at 3:00 p.m. Information was relayed through the Interagency/Forest Service Dispatch Center that two hikers found an injured mule and a quarter horse with no riders approximately ¾ of a mile up the Sweetwater Trail and brought them out to the campground. A check of the vehicle registration at the trailhead revealed the owner to be Jenkins Clarkson. Upon checking with the Clarkson’s son, he confirmed that the mule and quarter horse belonged to his parents who went riding earlier in the day.

Park County Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated and a ground team responded to the trailhead. In the meantime, a Search and Rescue aircraft departed Yellowstone Regional Airport and began a search of the drainage. At 3:48 p.m., the SAR aircraft located the Clarkson's at the second Sweetwater Creek crossing. However, the creek had swollen to the point that they were unable to cross.

The creek was not only impassible on foot but also too deep and swift to allow ATVs to cross. SAR then called in a local outfitter who responded to the scene with horses and several riders. The Clarkson's were then safely evacuated by SAR on horseback. Heather Clarkson suffered a separated shoulder during her fall but was treated and stabilized by SAR prior to her evacuation. Jenkins Clarkson was uninjured. Both were checked out by an ambulance crew before departing the campground.

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