(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On 23 July 2012 at approximately 1:44 P.M. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone was dispatched to an injured horseback rider north of Hebgen Lake. A 34 year old female tourist from Pennsylvania was thrown from her rental horse on the Johnson Lake Trail after the horse was startled by a falling tree next to the trail.
Coordinated by a Sheriff’s Deputy SAR was assisted by Forest Service personnel and a paramedic from Yellowstone National Park. Upon arrival at the scene, the paramedic determined the woman’s injuries were two severe for ground extraction. The paramedic requested helicopter transport. Air Idaho was requested and arrived on scene at 16:11. The patient was loaded into the helicopter and flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.