At 2:30 on Friday June 15, Gallatin County Dispatch received a report that an 84-year-old man had fallen on the M trail and needed medical assistance. He was half a mile up from the parking lot and could not walk out on his own. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched with a Deputy SAR Coordinator. AMR ambulance and Bridger Canyon Fire Dept responded as well. The man was quickly reached by rescuers and found to have numerous cuts and abrasions, especially to his head. He was assessed, packaged on the one-wheel litter, and carried down to the ambulance for transport to Bozeman Health. The exact extent of the man’s injuries is not known at this time.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin reminds everyone that accidents can happen in the mountains, even near town, and that it takes longer to get help. Always be prepared to stay out longer than expected.
That night, the swiftwater team of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched to assist Park County.