On August 19th, 2015, at approximately 1427 hours, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Big Sky Fire Department received a call in reference to a 38 year old male, who was injured during a mountain bike accident on an unknown trail near Andesite Road.
Members of the GCSO Communications Center were able to triangulate the victim’s cell phone and obtain a possible location.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department quickly responded to the area; however it was quickly determined that the terrain was not conducive for a vehicle extraction. A page for assistance was put out to GCSO Big Sky Search & Rescue and an expedient response was received from several members.
A back country rescue operation was organized and members quickly set out to make contact with the victim. Members familiar with the area determined it could not be reached with any type of ATV or rescue vehicle and set out on foot. Upon reaching the victim, it was determined that the rescue helicopter, (Summit Air), could not be utilized because of the steep terrain.
Paramedics along with Search & Rescue determined the patient was stable for transport and carried the subject down the steep and rocky terrain. The patient was carried to an awaiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind mountain bikers to avoid common mistakes that can arise, such as not knowing your location and not bringing a map. If you’re lost it’s also important to stay calm and aware by ensuring adequate calorie intake, taking frequent rest breaks and staying warm. Becoming cold, hungry and thirsty reduces you’re awareness at which point you begin to make bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to bad days. ####