Leverich Canyon Rescue

(Bozeman) – A hiker injured in a fall south of Bozeman was quickly rescued thanks to a cell phone call. At approximately 1:21 Friday afternoon, a 61-year old female hiker called 9-1-1 to say that she’d slipped and fallen on an icy portion of the Leverich Canyon trail. She told dispatchers that she thought that her pelvis was broken. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue along with crews from Rae, Sourdough Fire and AMR Ambulance responded to the scene, located south of Bozeman, south of Nash Road.  Less than a hour after the call, the patient was being tended to by three paramedics and a Sheriff’s Search and Rescue physician’s assistant. The medics stabilized the patient on a litter and during their assessment determined that she had a fractured femur. Due to the extremely icy conditions on the trail, the patient had to be secured to a litter and lowered by rope to a safer portion of the trail. From there she was taken to a waiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. GCSO Sergeant Kevin Larsen was the Incident Commander for today’s rescue. “We are very glad that our patient was hiking with a cell phone today. We were able to get to her and get her medical care in a timely fashion due to the fact that she was able to call 9-1-1.” Sheriff Gootkin reminds all back-country travelers that having a good communications device, along with plenty of warm clothing, food, water and a way to make a fire are essential, especially during the bitterly cold winter months. “We didn’t have the weather working against us today but,” said Sheriff Gootkin. “Folks need to keep in mind that even a short hike can turn into an overnight stay when you’re dealing with winter in Montana. Always be well prepared, because you just never know.” Sheriff Gootkin also says that if you’re thinking about hiking ice and snow covered trails to use either snowshoes or traction devices that give your boots extra grip on ice. ####

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