(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On February 7, 2016 at 11:12 a.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler on the Two Top Trail approximately 2 miles west of West Yellowstone. The caller reported that his wife, a 56 year old female from Frankfurt Germany, suffered a shoulder dislocation when she was thrown from their two up snowmobile as he attempted to turn around on the trail.
A Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy and the West Yellowstone Division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded.
The team went to the location retrieved from the 911 call GPS coordinates and located the female who was experiencing extreme pain. The team was able to use a two-up tracked rescue four wheeler to safely transport the injured female to rendezvous with a Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance. She was transported to Big Sky Medical Center for treatment.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind beginner snowmobilers that riding requires proper preparation and awareness regarding personal abilities and the limitations of the snowmobile. Two-up snowmobiles are designed for riding long distances in comfort therefore they are larger, heavier and less maneuverable than entry level snowmobiles. Any quick maneuver by the driver can catch the passenger off guard and result in them being thrown from the snowmobile.