A P.E.I. man had a lucky escape Friday after he crashed his snowmobile in a heavily treed area near water.

RCMP Cst. Doug Baker said the accident happened at about 8 p.m. in Peakes, Kings County. 

The 49-year-old Cardigan man driving the snowmobile on the Confederation Trail veered off the right side and crashed at the bottom of an embankment where the trail crossed water. 

"Directly before and after this overpass it is heavily treed on both sides of the trail. The outcome would likely have been worse had it not happened where it did," Baker said. 

He was in deep snow and the area is inaccessible by car.

Other snowmobilers helped EMS crews get medical supplies into the woods. Paramedics got the man secured to a backboard. Snowmobilers, RCMP and East River Fire Rescue helped bring the man out of the snow, up the embankment, onto the trail and out to the ambulance. 

The man is staying in hospital for observations. Police did not have an update on his condition Saturday.