(Big Sky, Mont.) On Saturday, August 16th, 2014 around 1:00 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Sky Division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and the Big Sky Fire Department responded to a backcountry rescue in the Big Sky area. An 82 year old female and a friend went for a hike on a trail near the Lone Mountain Ranch. The 82 year old suffered a minor medical event that left her unable to hike back out of the area. Rescuers responded to the victim’s location on ATVs, provided medical aid, and transported her to a waiting Big Sky Fire Department ambulance. The victim refused transport to the hospital and was taken home by her friend.
The victim was hiking with a friend and they carried a means of communication, in this case a cell phone, to summon help when they ran into trouble. Sheriff Gootkin would like to point out that these two factors helped make this a quick and successful rescue. #####