(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On February 20, 2016 at 1:38 p.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department dispatch center received a call from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance with a backcountry rescue. A 25 year Nevada man rolled his snowmobile and suffered head and facial injuries. The accident occurred on the BPA Powerline trail off of the Two Top snowmobile trail system.
Rescuers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Hebgen Basin Fire District, and the West Yellowstone Division of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded. Responders were able to locate the accident scene, but no injured snowmobilers. While on scene the Search and Rescue incident command was able to make phone contact with the original reporting party who informed the team that they were able to bandage their buddy up and ride him out to the town of West Yellowstone where they were going to transport him to the Big Sky Medical Center by automobile.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to know their limitations and the limitations of their snowmobiles and stay on marked trails. The off trail areas are unmaintained and can be full of unseen hazards. Be alert for hazards such as tree wells or hidden stumps as which can beunpredictable and unforgiving. It is also important to stay on scene until rescue personnel arrive. If you do decide to leave the scene, please call 911 and let them know so that emergency responders can cancel their response; making them more readily available for other rescues that may arise.