(Gallatin County Mont.)
On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, at 6:24 PM, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Hyalite Fire Department, and an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance responded to a backcountry rescue. A 58-year-old female visiting from Florida slipped while hiking near Palisade Falls near the southern end of Hyalite Canyon. The slip caused a severe injury to one of her ankles, preventing her from being able to put any weight on it. Other hikers in the area had to hike back to the trailhead and drive out of Hyalite Canyon to get enough cell phone service to call for help.
Rescuers hiked to the injured woman and provided first aid then used a specialized wheeled litter to transport her to the trailhead. The AMR ambulance transported the woman to Bozeman Health Hospital.
Sheriff Gootkin said, “Our back yard is backcountry, a relatively simple injury on the M or up Hyalite becomes more complicated sometimes than just hobbling to the car and driving to urgent care. Get out and be active, that’s one of the cool things about living here but make sure and be prepared.”
Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office