On December 20, 2015, at approximately 9:38 a.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured snowmobiler between junction 22 and 23 on the Black Bear Cutoff which approximately 9 miles south of West Yellowstone.
A Ground Crew from Gallatin County Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded and located a 53 year old female from Savannah Georgia who was complaining of lower back injury. The female suffered the injury while trying to lift the back of her stuck snowmobile. The ground crew quickly packaged the patient on a rescue sled and transported her back to West Yellowstone where a Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance transported her to the newly opened Big Sky Medical Center.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers that despite the fact that snowmobiling is done while sitting on top of a motor vehicle, it can be a physically demanding sport, requiring strength and flexibility to navigate and keep the snowmobile on track. Seemingly simple tasks can quickly result in injury if you’re not cognizant of your physical limitations.