(Gallatin County, Mont.)
Tuesday at 2:02 p.m. West Yellowstone Police Department dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler reporting that a member of his group had crashed and broken his femur. The injured snowmobiler, a 44 year old male from Minnesota, was in the Cabin Creek area 12 miles north of West Yellowstone.
Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, National Forest Service and a helicopter from Reach Air Medical Services responded.
Rescuers made their way to the patient who was located in a steep canyon with high avalanche danger. Despite the patient’s severe pain, rescuers were able to package him onto a narrow toboggan sled. Meanwhile, a helicopter from Reach Air Medical Services was able to find a suitable place to land. Rescuers transported the patient to the helicopter, which then transported him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to thank all the volunteers and others involved with our Search and Rescue missions in Gallatin County. The inclement weather combined with significant snow fall created substantial challenges to rescuers and rescued alike. Snowmobilers are reminded to ride within their abilities and give special attention to the terrain and avalanche danger when choosing riding areas.
Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office