Search and Rescue of a Hypothermic Hunter

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, at approximately 11:52 a.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, West Yellowstone Search and Rescue, and Forest Service Personnel received a report that two hunters had encountered a severely hypothermic hunter in the Beaver Creek drainage which is approximately 21 miles northwest of West Yellowstone.

The hunters discovered the 78 year-old male approximately 3 miles from the Beaver Creek Trailhead. One of the hunters was able to start a warming fire while the other walked out to the trailhead and contacted the rescue team.

Once on scene, the team was able to transport the recovering hunter via horseback to an awaiting ambulance that then transported the hunter to Madison Valley Medical Center where he was treated for mild frostbite and dehydration.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind hunters to take the proper safety equipment first aid kits, proper clothing and gear when enjoying Montana’s scenic by-ways.  Even if you are headed out for just a few hours, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. A relatively simple trip can easily turn into something much more without the proper equipment and the knowledge of how to use it.

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