(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash on the Madison Arm Trail approximately 8 miles northwest of West Yellowstone. The injured party, a 16-year-old male from Illinois, had sustained a compound femur fracture when his snowmobile hit a dip in the trail and he collided with a tree.
Personnel from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue West Yellowstone Division responded.
Rescuers quickly located the male, packaged him onto a rescue sled, transported him four miles by snowmobile and then transferred him to a Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance staged at the trailhead off of Highway 191. The male was transported to Big Sky Medical Center where the ambulance crew and patient were met by Reach Medical helicopter. Reach then transported the patient to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin says this is the 6th snowmobile rescue in the last 7 days which is not unusual for this time of year in West Yellowstone. He stated the volunteers in West Yellowstone are very practiced at these events and if you have a bad day they are the ones you would want coming after you. Please pay particular attention to icy and uneven areas as they can quickly cause loss of control of the sled. Always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.
Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.