BOZEMAN – It was a busy Monday for Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, with three rescues sent three people to the hospital with leg injuries.
A call for an angler on the Madison River who had fallen was received at 9:37 a.m. The 74-year-old man from Missoula had suffered a possible broken leg from the fall on the river approximately 2 miles north of West Yellowstone.
The man was located just inside the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Rangers in charge of the event requested assistance from Search and Rescue.
The rescue required the use of a single-wheeled litter to traverse a boggy wetlands area before transferring the angler to rescue sled being pulled by a four-wheeler. It was then necessary to use low-angle rescue techniques to assist the rescuers in traversing a short distance up a steep incline. The injured angler was then transferred to a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance for transport to the Big Sky Medical Center for medical evaluation.
The second rescue was reported at 11:46 A.M. when a 57-year-old Bozeman woman bucked off a horse on Chestnut Mountain east of Bozeman.
She was transported out by a member of her party that had gone to get a four wheeler before calling 911 so SAR resources were canceled just prior to arriving at the trail head. She was transported to the hospital with fractured ribs and a leg injury.
The third rescue was reported at 1:45 P.M. for a 23-year-old Bozeman man near the Bridger Ridge Trail who fell and injured an ankle and was unable to walk. Seven volunteer rescuers hiked the 4 miles up Sypes Canyon and brought him down using a wheeled litter after using ropes to navigate a steep section of terrain.
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone to be prepared, be careful, and be ready for the unexpected. Knowing the terrain, wearing the appropriate gear and carrying a reliable communications device can go a long way towards safety. A seemingly minor injury can easily limit mobility enough to make it impossible to get out of the backcountry without assistance.
Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff / Search and Rescue.