Rescue effort a success in Bob Marshall Wilderness

Posted at 6:05 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 20:09:31-04

UPDATE: Sheriff Leo Dutton issued a statement about the rescue effort, saying a a Search and Rescue team were dispatched to respond to the area.

The search and rescue crew also partnered with the Montana Backcountry Horsemen for additional help while moving into the area.

The search and rescue crew found George Brown alive on Tuesday morning, but with a broken lower left leg.

The Sheriff continues:

Through satellite technology, they communicated the need for a helicopter with a hoist.

We made contact with the Montana Army Air Guard, 189th and obtained permission to respond to the location of the injured man.

While we were in route, search and rescue members had made contact with Mercy Flight from Great Falls. The search and rescue team was able to move the man down to the trail and onto a horse. They took him back to the ranger station where Mercy Flight took him to Great Falls.

HELENA- Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says rescue efforts are underway for a man who went missing overnight in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

According to Sheriff Dutton, the man went missing in the Pretty Prairie area north of Benchmark.

The man, who is in his 60’s, was with an outfitter when he walked off an didn’t return.

The sheriff says the man has been gone two and half days and did have a backpack when he left the outfitter group.

Dutton says the man has been located alive and a helicopter team will likely extract him Tuesday morning.

Two Bear Air and the Montana Air National Guard are assisting with the rescue.