(Big Sky, Mont.) Today at 2:30 p.m the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Big Sky Fire Department were dispatched to a 38 year old male from Big Sky who was injured during a mountain bike accident on an unnamed trail near Andesite Road.
911 Dispatchers were able to triangulate the man’s cell phone and obtain a possible location.
Sheriff’s Deputies and the Fire Department quickly responded to the area but soon determined that the terrain was not accessible by vehicle. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky was then dispatched.
Rescuers familiar with the area determined it could not be reached with any type of ATV or rescue vehicle and set out on foot.
Paramedics along with Search & Rescue determined the patient was stable for transport and carried the subject down the steep and rocky terrain. The patient was carried to an awaiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind mountain bikers to avoid common mistakes that can arise, such as not knowing your location. If you’re lost it’s also important to stay calm and aware by having food and especially water, taking frequent rest breaks and staying warm. Becoming cold, hungry and thirsty reduces you’re awareness at which point you begin to make bad decisions. Bad decisions can lead to bad days. ####