On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, at approximately 11:00 am, the Big Sky Division of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and the Big Sky Fire Department responded to a backcountry rescue in the Buck Creek Basin area south of Big Sky approximately eight miles west of the Doe Creek Trailhead.
A 28 year-old snowmobiler had dislocated his shoulder and was unable to ride out. Search and rescue personnel responded to the scene on snowmobiles, provided medical aid, and transported the patient out of the backcountry. The patient was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by a waiting Big Sky Fire Ambulance.
The Sheriff would like to point out two aspects of today’s event that assisted in the successful rescue. One, the snowmobile group was large enough that someone could stay and render aid to the injured individual while someone else rode to summon help. Two, The group carried a means of communication, in this case a cell phone, which helped rescuers begin responding as soon as cell phone service was available.