On August 1, 2016 around 1:15 PM Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to the area of Big Bear lake, south of Bozeman near the mouth of Gallatin Canyon, for a report of a 12-year-old boy with a broken leg.
A family from Michigan rented four wheelers and headed up to Big Bear Lake from Storm Castle. Just west of the lake, the 12-year-old went over a hump in the road and flipped over the handlebars. The Father was able to call 911.
Members from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Reach Air ambulance responded from Little Bear Road. They reached the patient about 12 miles in and administered medical treatment. The 12-year-old sustained a compound fracture of the lower leg. He was transported out using a special backcountry trailer to an awaiting AMR ambulance. He was then transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind all outdoor enthusiasts that an accident in the backcountry can be a complicated affair to get treatment. The area around Big Bear Lake consists of a maze of roads. Many roads are not on maps and others have been re-numbered. Had the 12-year-old been more seriously injured, there might have been a different outcome.
Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office