RESCUE: Snowmobiler Suffers Broken Leg West of West Yellowstone
A 43-year-old Bozeman man suffered a broken leg after hitting a tree on his snowmobile outside of West Yellowstone on Saturday. He was choppered to Idaho.
According to the official Press Release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:
On Saturday April 2, 2016 at 10:35 a.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a snowmobiler reporting that a fellow snowmobiler had struck a tree and had suffered a possible femur fracture.
Dispatchers were able to retrieve the coordinates from the 911 call discovering that the snowmobilers were at the base of Lionshead Mountain on the continental divide approximately 11 miles west of West Yellowstone.
Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the West Yellowstone Division of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, National Forest Service, and National Park Rangers responded.
Two teams of rescuers were sent from the top of Targhee Pass and were able to locate the snowmobilers and direct a helicopter from Lifelight Network to a suitable landing spot.
The injured party, a 43 year old male from Bozeman, Montana was suffering from a broken leg. The injured snowmobiler was placed on a backboard by ground personnel and carried to the helicopter landing site several hundred feet away from the accident scene.
The patient was then transported by helicopter to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.