(West Yellowstone, Mont.)
Wednesday at 4:47 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a snowmobiler with a dislocated hip sustained in a snowmobile crash. The 911 coordinates retrieved from the call indicated that the snowmobilers were located approximately 7 miles west of West Yellowstone.
Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, U.S. Forest Service and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded.
A short while later Gallatin County Dispatch received a message from a SOS device monitoring agency reporting that the injured snowmobiler, a 20-year-old male from Minnesota, “wasn’t doing well.”
Rescuers located the injured snowmobiler, in a steep off-trail area, which was difficult to reach with the heavy rescue sled. Rescuers were able to package the patient onto a backboard, which they used to transport him by hand to the rescue sled. Rescuers then carefully transported the injured snowmobiler over the approximately four miles of extremely rough trail to the rendezvous point with a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind people snowmobiling the backcountry to be use caution in when riding off trail. The low snow amounts and lack of a hard base can make riding off trail treacherous.