On August 28, 2021, at 10:01 A.M. Gallatin County 911 received a call for an individual who suffered a seizure while hiking Middle Cottonwood Canyon with a group of friends. After the seizure the hiker was incoherent and unsure of their location. A nurse hiking at the same time called 911, stayed with the patient, and was able to relay further information to responders.
Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the Middle Cottonwood Canyon Trailhead and deployed two teams up the trail with a one wheel litter. About 2.75 miles up the trail, Search and Rescue teams met the patient. All parties were able to walk out and once back at the trailhead, the patient was turned over to AMR for further medical care.
Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind recreationalists that accidents and medical events can happen at any time, anywhere. Traveling with a partner and having a way to call for help can aid in a fast rescue. Should you have to recreate alone, always tell someone where you are going and when to expect you back.
Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.