On September 30th, 2015, at approximately 2:41 p.m., The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an adult male with a broken femur, located in the backcountry near Twin Cabins Trailhead south of Big Sky, MT.
The Sheriff’s Office along with Big Sky Fire Department responded and found that this subject had been clearing trees with the permission of the US Forest Service, when a falling tree landed on his upper leg.
Deputies and Fire Fighters learned the man was approximately one mile east of the trailhead, in an area not accessible by conventional rescue or patrol vehicles.
At this point Sheriffs’ Search and Rescue in Big Sky was dispatched.
Rescuers quickly responded with their ATV’s and specialized rescue equipment. A combined rescue involving Big Sky Fire Dept. and SAR was organized and contact was quickly made with the victim, who was in considerable pain.
It was later determined that the victim had a potentially life threatening injury and Summit Air Ambulance was summoned to the scene. A backcountry landing zone was established and Summit Air Ambulance was able to land and treat the patient, who was later transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for advanced medical care.
The Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone to please use caution while cutting trees in the backcountry. Using a 360 degree field of awareness can prevent injury and disaster that can sometimes be easily prevented.