Rescued Climber on Granite Peak


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(Park County, Mont.) Today at about 11:00 Gallatin County Sheriffs Office received a request for assistance from the Park County Sheriff for a technical rescue on Granite Peak, the tallest peak in Montana.  Gallatin County sent a SAR Deputy Sheriff, 4 technical rescue volunteers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and a helicopter and pilot from Central Helicopters.  The following is the press release from the Park County Sheriff’s Office;

On August 8, 2016 at about 0945 hours, PCSO received a report of a SPOT Emergency Beacon activation in the area of Sky Top Lakes. A Park County Deputy-Medic was dispatched to the location by helicopter. During this SAR response, at about 1100 hours, PCSO received a report of a climber who had fallen near the summit of Granite Peak. These two incidents were plotted to be within about 1 ½ miles of each other. We were unsure if these were two separate incidents or the same one.  Park County requested the assistance of a high angle rescue team from Gallatin County to respond in a second helicopter to the Granite Peak area. As this team was responding, PCSO received an update that the first incident was a separate incident. The Deputy-Medic transported a 71 YOA male with a suspected cardiac event from the area of Sky Top Lakes to Cooke City where they were met by an ambulance to transport the patient to the hospital.  The Deputy-Medic then responded back to the Granite Peak area by helicopter to tie in with the high angle rescue team. The second rescue is still underway. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

Update: A 19 YOA male, who had fallen while climbing, was rescued from Granite Peak by a Gallatin County High Angle Rescue Team and flown by helicopter to a separate landing zone near Sky Top Lakes. A medical helicopter from Bozeman then landed to provide medical treatment. The patient is currently being transported by medical helicopter to a hospital in Billings. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.  The patient from the first SAR mission was transported byground ambulance to a hospital in Cody, Wyoming.

More information will be available once rescue teams have returned from the backcountry and have been debriefed.

Sheriff Scott Hamilton

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