(West Yellowstone, Mont.) Tuesday March 10, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units in West Yellowstone responded to an injured snowmobiler approximately 1.3 miles south of Lionshead Mountain near the Idaho/Montana border. A 47 year old female from White Lake Michigan suffered severe head, neck and shoulder injuries when her snowmobile struck a tree at a high rate of speed. Team members responded on snowmobiles guided by a member of her party. She was quickly packaged and carried by hand to a waiting Lifelight Network helicopter from Rexburg Idaho. The female was flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where a type one trauma team was waiting.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that the key to safe snowmobile operation is knowing the machine, knowing your limitations, and using good judgment. Your speed should allow you to safely respond to sudden maneuvers by other snowmobilers and changing trail conditions.###. Photos courtesy of Gallatin County SAR