84-year-old hiker rescued from M after fall

Posted at 4:01 PM, Jun 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-16 18:01:46-04

An 84-year-old man who fell while hiking on Friday was rescued from the M trail in Bozeman.

According to a press release, at 2:30 p.m. a report of a hiker needing medical assistance was received by the Gallatin County Dispatch.

The man was half a mile up from the parking lot and could not walk out on his own.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched with a Deputy SAR Coordinator. AMR ambulance and Bridger Canyon Fire Dept responded as well.

The man was quickly reached by rescuers and found to have numerous  cuts and abrasions, especially to his head. He was assessed, packaged on the one-wheel litter, and carried down to the ambulance for transport to Bozeman Health.

The exact extent of the man’s injuries is not known at this time.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin reminds everyone that accidents can happen in the mountains, even near town, and that it takes longer to get help. Always be prepared to stay out longer than expected.