On February 27, 2014, at 11:40 a.m., Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to the report of an injured snowmobiler near the Two Top Snowmobile Trail, which is west of West Yellowstone. Personnel from the Sheriffs Office, Search and Rescue (West Yellowstone Division), and Yellowstone National Park responded. When they arrived on scene they found a 60-year-old male from Montreal, Canada, who had suffered a head and neck injury when he lost control of his snowmobile and hit a tree. He was packaged onto the rescue sled and transported to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. The ambulance transported him to a landing zone near West Yellowstone and the injured man was flown by an Air Idaho life-flight helicopter to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Sheriff Gootkin stated that even very proficient outdoor recreationers can have bad days. Everyone should be prepared for the unexpected with emergency gear and a partner. ###