(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Friday March 29, 2019 at 6:35 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile that caught fire on the Horse Butte Trail approximately 8 miles northwest of the Town of West Yellowstone. The reporting party, a 58-year-old female from Montana, had sustained a burnt foot when the snowmobile she was driving caught fire.
Personnel from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded.
Rescuers met the injured party at the scene of the fire approximately 50 minutes after the initial call for help. The injured rider was traveling on a groomed snowmobile trail when her snowmobile caught fire, burning the rubber on her boot into her foot. After an initial assessment, rescue personnel placed her on a two-up snowmobile driven by a SAR volunteer and transported her to an ambulance staged a few miles away. The patient was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment of a severe burn to the side and bottom of her foot.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency. For this rescue event, the injured party was able to contact 911, which provided rescue personnel with an exact GPS location. Always be prepared for a worst case scenario, even one as unpredictable as this one.