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Snowmobiler rescued after crash near West Yellowstone

Posted at 12:13 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 14:13:35-05

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. – A Minnesota man was rescued Wednesday after being injured in a snowmobile crash 7 miles west of West Yellowstone.

Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, U.S. Forest Service and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded after receiving the call at 4:47 p.m.

A 911 call reported a snowmobiler with a dislocated hip sustained in a snowmobile crash.

A short while later Gallatin County Dispatch received a message from an SOS device monitoring agency reporting that the injured snowmobiler, a 20-year-old man from Minnesota, “wasn’t doing well.”

Rescuers located the injured snowmobiler, in a steep off-trail area, which was difficult to reach with the heavy rescue sled. Rescuers were able to package the patient onto a backboard, which they used to transport him by hand to the rescue sled. The rescue crew then transported the injured snowmobiler over the approximately four miles of extremely rough trail to the rendezvous point with a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department Ambulance.