Dislocated Hip Prompts Search and Rescue South of Big Sky
A 27 year old woman was startled by a fox, causing her to stumble and dislocate her hip on a trail south of Big Sky on Friday. Thankfully this scary scenario had a few strokes of good luck.
According to the official press release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:
- On Friday morning at 11:21 am, Gallatin County 911 received a report of an injured hiker on Cinnamon Creek Trail south of Big Sky.
- The caller reported his wife found a 27 yr old woman two miles up the trail, unconscious with an injured leg.
- The caller told the Sheriff’s Deputy he was communicating with his wife through a Garmin In-Reach text message device.
- Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky and the Big Sky Fire Department were dispatched.
- In addition the REACH medical helicopter and the Sheriff’s Heli Rescue team were launched.
- Rescuers on foot and ATV located her at 1:34 pm. She had recovered somewhat and was alert and oriented when they arrived.
- The responding helicopters were canceled because her condition had improved.
- It was discovered that she was carrying a forty pound pack and when a fox ran out in front of her, she pivoted and dislocated her hip.
- A Big Sky Fire Paramedic who is also a Search and Rescue member assessed the injured hiker and administered medication.
- She was packaged on a one wheeled rescue litter and transported back to the Cinnamon Creek Trail head to a waiting Big Sky Fire Ambulance.
- She was taken to the Big Sky Medical Center.