(West Yellowstone, Mont.)
On Saturday, February 14th, at 6:10 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone received a report of an injured snowmobiler in Red Canyon which is located approximately 10.5 miles North of West Yellowstone. The 28 year old male from Belgrade was riding as a passenger when he was thrown from the snowmobile and struck a tree. Rescue Team members responded on snowmobiles and located the injured man who was complaining of severe neck pain.
Two attempts to evacuate the man by helicopter were unsuccessful because of snow conditions and weather. Rescuers undertook the delicate task of packaging him on a rescue toboggan and transporting him several miles down extremely rough terrain to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance, arriving near midnight. The ambulance then transported the injured snowmobiler to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, and using your equipment within its limitations.####