On Sunday, March 24th, 2013, around 2:00 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the West Yellowstone Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry rescue. A 26 year old female from Costa Rica was riding a snowmobile near Two Top Mountain when she left the trail and struck a tree. The female suffered a broken arm and complained of pain in her neck, back, and knees. Another rider in the injured female’s group called the company that they had rented the snowmobiles from to report the incident. The rental company reported the incident to 911.
Employees of the rental company located the injured snowmobiler and waited on scene with her until search and rescue members arrived. Search and rescue members provided first aid on scene. They then packaged the female in a rescue warming bag to keep her warm during the transit out of the back country. The female was transported via a specialized rescue sled towed behind a search and rescue snow machine. Rescuers transferred the female to a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s office would like to remind backcountry users to exercise caution when enjoying the outdoors. Have a means of communication with you at all times and notify rescue services by the quickest means possible in case of an emergency.