On Thursday, July 6th, 2017, Gallatin County Sheriff Deputies, Paramedics with Big Sky Fire Department, and members of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry rescue at Lava Lake Trail. A 17-year-old male had suffered an allergic reaction to an insect bite and had difficulty breathing. Fellow hikers coming down from Lava Lake stopped and checked on the young man. The hikers quickly went down the mountain and contacted emergency services.
Search and Rescue members and a paramedic with Big Sky Fire Department hiked to the patient and walked with him to the trailhead. A waiting medical staff evaluated him and the patient later went to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind backcountry hikers to use caution when in the backcountry. Tell people where you are going and when to expect you back. Enjoy the backcountry with other people when possible and carry a means of communication with you.