9.27.2021 Upper Triple Tree Rescue

On September 27, 2021, at 8:34 am, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call for help at the Upper Triple Tree Trail. While returning to the trailhead, a cyclist was going over rough terrain and braked hard, causing them to fall forward over the handlebars resulting in multiple injuries. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Hyalite Fire, and AMR were dispatched to the trailhead.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue resources arrived on scene with the cyclist approximately half a mile from the trailhead. Search and Rescue members assisted Hyalite Fire and AMR with bringing the injured biker to the trailhead via one wheeled litter.  AMR subsequently transported the individual to Bozeman Health for further evaluation.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind recreationalist that accidents can happen to anyone, no matter the experience level.  Always recreate with a friend when possible and carry a reliable source of communication should anything happen.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

 

9.24.2021 Portal Creek Lost Hunter

On September 24, 2021 at 6:04pm, a hunter called 911 due to being lost in the backcountry near Portal Creek. The hunter had a well charged cellphone but spotty cell service. After providing essential information to dispatch and Search and Rescue personnel, the hunter was instructed to remain stationary and keep checking in at regular intervals via phone. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky responded with ground volunteers, including a search dog team.  Billings Clinic MedFlight assisted by flying over the area to confirm the coordinates obtained from the 911 call.  The helicopter crew spotted the lost hunter at dusk.  With darkness fast approaching it was determined that landing at a safe location nearby could bring a speedy conclusion to the rescue.  With MedFlights assistance, the lost hunter was collected and flown to a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy at another location for further assistance.

For the next couple of months, hunting season will take hunters off trail into new terrain. Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind them to be prepared for unexpected overnights, have a map and compass and know how to use them, and consider bringing a GPS locating device. In this case, the hunter was able to send out a call for help and then remain stationary so responders could come to that location. Recognizing when they were lost, calling for help early, and not compounding the situation by continuing to move, helped the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue team bring this event to a quick and safe conclusion.

9.16.2021 Sourdough Lost Hikers

On September 16, 2021, at 6:00pm Gallatin County Dispatch received a call from a hiker who was separated from two other members of their hiking group.

The group departed from Bear Canyon expecting to hike a loop and return to the same location. While hiking, the group became lost and started to walk in the wrong direction. One hiker was able to walk ahead of the group and make a phone call to Gallatin County Dispatch.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers from the Valley Section responded and deployed ATV/UTV teams up Sourdough Trail. A helicopter from Billings Clinic was also deployed to look for the missing hikers along the trail system.

Search and Rescue teams located the hikers with assistance from the first hiker’s last known position. There were no reported injuries.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind hikers that a simple day on the trail could take an unexpected turn at any time. Therefore, take extra food, water, and a fully charged cell phone wherever you hike. Furthermore, make sure you have extra clothing, for cold weather is upon us!

9.16.2021 Little Bear Stranded Motorist

On September 16, 2021 at 5:04pm, Gallatin County 911 received a report from an individual whose side-by-side broke down near Big Bear Lake in Little Bear Canyon.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue responded by Forest Service road and located the driver.  Upon locating, responders learned that the vehicle’s steering became disabled, and the driver crashed into a tree.  The driver was uninjured.  Search and Rescue safely transported the driver out of the Canyon and back to their home.

Sheriff Springer would like to remind all motor sport recreationalists to always wear safety gear, and carry plenty of food, water, a map, and extra clothing in the likely event of unexpected weather changes.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

9.12.2021 Sypes Canyon Rescue

On September 12, 2021, at 11:12 am, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue responded to a report of a paragliding accident in the Bridger foothills.

A paraglider flew too low while descending from the launch point above the “M”.  The pilot snagged a tree, resulting in a back injury from the crash.  The pilot made phone contact with other paragliders who very quickly contacted 911.

Due to the mechanism of injury, an air extraction was necessary from the mountain terrain.  Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue responded with a ground team to make initial contact with the patient, as well as a helicopter team to coordinate a “short haul” from the crash location to an AMR ambulance at Sypes Canyon trailhead.

The patient was located, packaged, and ultimately transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, where they received further treatment for their injuries.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind you to call for help in the case of an emergency.  A direct call to 911 provides instantaneous information updates to first responders as well as a precise location of the incident.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

9.12.2021 M Rescue

On September 12, 2021, at 1:11 pm, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call for help at the “M” trailhead. An experienced hiker fell while hiking down the long route of the M trail. A muscle spasm caused the hiker to lose footing and, consequently, fall onto some rocks resulting in a back injury. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue, Bridger Canyon Fire, and AMR were dispatched to the trailhead.

Bridger Canyon Fire arrived first and provided initial treatment for the hiker. AMR and Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue resources arrived on scene shortly after.  Search and Rescue members assisted Bridger Canyon Fire with bringing the hiker to the trailhead.  AMR transported the hiker to Bozeman Health for further evaluation.

Sheriff Springer would like to remind the public that even experienced hikers can slip, trip, or fall.  A cell phone was used to relay patient information and provide an accurate location to rescuers.  Preparation, such as having a charged cell phone and a hiking buddy along, can greatly assist rescue operations.

9.5.2021 Lone Mountain Rut Race Rescue

On Sunday September 5, 2021 at approximately 1:50 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky responded to a request for assistance from an individual that was running the “Rut Race” on Lone Mountain at Big Sky. One individual running in the event had fallen into rocks and sustained multiple injuries. The individual suffered lacerations and injuries to their head, body and legs.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue and Big Sky Ski Patrol responded with an ATV and specialized rescue sled and were able to treat the patient on scene before transporting off the mountain via “short haul” helicopter out of Bozeman to Big Sky Fire Station #2. The patient was transferred to the Big Sky Fire Department EMS crew for further medical evaluation and transport to the hospital.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like remind people enjoying our recreational opportunities in Gallatin County to realize smoky environments and warm temperatures will exhaust recreationalists faster than usual at higher elevations. Recreationalists should always stay hydrated and know personal limitations of abilities.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

9.3.2021 Blackmore Rescue

On September 3, 2021, at 12:15pm Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call from a group of hikers trekking along Blackmore trail. The caller reported one of their members was feeling dizzy and light headed, about 5 miles from the trailhead, and required assistance coming down the trail.

Gallatin County Sherriff Search and Rescue (GCSSAR) volunteers responded to Hyalite reservoir. GCSSAR volunteers began making their way up the trail to locate the patient and other hikers. The GCSSAR team met the patient and hikers as they were making their way back down the trail. The patient was evaluated onsite and showed no signs of injury other than dehydration. All of the hikers in the group and SAR personnel hiked out together.

Sheriff Springer would like to remind everyone enjoying the outdoors to bring extra water and food while hiking in the backcountry.  Elevation, weather, and terrain are constantly changing in the backcountry and being over prepared can only help during an emergency.

Photos courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

8.28.21 Middle Cottonwood Rescue

On August 28, 2021, at 10:01 A.M. Gallatin County 911 received a call for an individual who suffered a seizure while hiking Middle Cottonwood Canyon with a group of friends. After the seizure the hiker was incoherent and unsure of their location.  A nurse hiking at the same time called 911, stayed with the patient, and was able to relay further information to responders.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the Middle Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead and deployed two teams up the trail with a one wheel litter.  About 2.75 miles up the trail, Search and Rescue teams met the patient. All parties were able to walk out and once back at the trailhead, the patient was turned over to AMR for further medical care.

Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind recreationalists that accidents and medical events can happen at any time, anywhere.  Traveling with a partner and having a way to call for help can aid in a fast rescue.  Should you have to recreate alone, always tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

8.23.2021 Little Bear ATV Rescue

On August 23, 2021, at approximately 2:00 pm, Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call from a stranded motorist on a Forest Service road near Little Bear Rd. The motorist rented a side by side All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and had taken three children into the mountains. The motorist became stuck and could not get the vehicle out. Luckily, no one was injured, and the motorist had enough service to call 911.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue (GCSSAR) volunteers responded to the area.  Utilizing GCSSAR ATV’s rescuers were able to locate the motorist and children. They were able to get the ATV back onto the trail, and they all rode out together.

Sheriff Springer would like to remind everyone to exercise caution when recreating in the wilderness as accidents can happen to anyone. Familiarize yourself with new equipment and make sure to have extra supplies, water, and a communication device to call for assistance if you need it.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.