Press Release 2-14-12 at 9:37 a.m.
On February 9, 2012, at 4:38 p.m. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a report of an injured snowmobiler approximately four miles west of West Yellowstone near the South Fork of the Madison River.
Personnel from the West Yellowstone division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue and the Gallatin County Sheriffs Office conducted the rescue.
A 27-year-old male from Fargo, North Dakota was riding a snowmobile off-trail when he hit an embankment, which resulted in a broken leg. He was transported out of the backcountry by the rescue team and then transferred to a Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance. He was transported to the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.
On Sunday 2-12-12 at about 4:00 members of Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol received a report of an overdue 16 year old female skier. The Bozeman resident had failed to meet up with her party at the end of the run that day. Patrollers found tracks that left the ski are boundary and contacted the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. Fortunately most members of Ski Patrol also volunteer for Search and Rescue and were able to transition to the role of rescuer outside the boundary. They followed her tracks and found her lost but unharmed. She was transported back to the ski area and reunited with her friends.
Sheriff Gootkin reminds skiers that areas outside the ski area boundary are not patrolled and not managed for avalanche danger. Skiing out of bounds has many risks including being trapped by terrain features and avalanches.