On Saturday 6/16/2012 at approximately 2:27pm Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding five injured and hypothermic rafters who were thrown from their raft on the Gallatin River near house rock. Five of the rafters made it to the river’s edge near Luhn Lane in Gallatin Canyon; one rafter was said to be unaccounted for.
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Deputies, Big Sky Fire Department, Gallatin Gateway Fire Department, and AMR all responded to the area to conduct the rescue.
The missing rafter was located by a Sheriff’s Deputy lying along US 191 near mile marker 63. A vacationing emergency room doctor and a paramedic stopped to render aid to the injured man. All rafters were now accounted for.
All responders continued to the area and provided medical attention to the rafters. Two subjects were transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, by AMR, with non life threatening injuries. The other rafters were treated for minor injuries on scene. The rafters were not on an organized and/or guided trip.
A quick and organized response from all agencies allowed for the rapid location and treatment of all injured parties.
The second call at 3:42 p.m. was for a person on an ATV in Johnson Canyon that had rolled down a hill. He ended up with minor injuries and transported himself out of the back country.
The third call was at 7:13 p.m. and involved lost hikers south of West Yellowstone. See Gallatin Media Post.