The hard-working volunteers with Gallatin County Search and Rescue had a busy weekend in the West Yellowstone area.
On December 10, 2011, at 1:41 p.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department received a report of an injured snowmobiler on Two Top Mountain, the second crash since Friday.
Personnel from the West Yellowstone division of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the scene.
A 39-year-old female from Great Falls, Montana was riding a snowmobile near Two Top when she lost control on a corner, left the trail, and struck a tree resulting in a broken ankle. She was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team and then transferred to an awaiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. She was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
While that mission was going on, the West Yellowstone Police Department received another call for a backcountry rescue. The caller reported that a man was injured when he hit a tree while sledding near the Montana/Idaho border on Targhee Pass.
The same team that conducted the prior rescue responded since it was only about five miles from their location.
A 20-year-old male from Rexburg, Idaho was sledding on an “airboard” when he struck a tree resulting in a severe leg injury. He was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team and then transferred to another Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. He was transported to the Madison Memorial Hospital, in Rexburg.
Sheriff Jim Cashell reminds backcountry users to preplan for emergencies before they engage in their favorite wintertime activity and to have the necessary equipment if there is an emergency such as fully charged cell phone, a satellite messaging device if there is not cell service, and a first aid kit to name a few.
Photograph courtesy of Gallatin County SAR ###