On 06-26-12 at approximately 1256 hours, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Search and Rescue, Gallatin Gateway Fire and AMR responded to a report of an adult female hiker with a broken leg on the South Cottonwood trail about 2.7 miles from the trailhead.
The strong winds caused a tree to collapse on the hiker breaking her leg in several places. Other hikers in the area found her and called for assistance. The Gallatin County Search and Rescue Team hiked up the trial and loaded the patient onto a cart and walked her down the trail were AMR was standing by for transport to BDH. The SAR Team had to use a chainsaw to remove a downed tree from the trail. The winds were in excess of 40mph which restricted the use of a helicopter.
Sheriff Gootkin stated that this is a good example of how bad things can happen to regular people and that even a short outing can turn dangerous. Be prepared; a communication device, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back, pack extra clothing, food, water and basic first aid equipment. #####