Injured Hiker Rescued Near Hyalite Reservoir on Friday
As a lesson of "serious injuries can happen anywhere", a hiker was seriously injured not terribly far from the Hyalite Reservoir parking lot.
Shortly after 2pm on Friday afternoon, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue Valley Section, Hyalite Fire Department, and AMR were all involved in a coordinated rescue of this injured hiker.
Although the injured hiker was located approximately 150 yards up a trail near the reservoir parking lot, the leg injury that was sustained was serious enough to require GPS location, search and rescue extraction and transport to Bozeman Health. This is a good reminder to all of us who enjoy the outdoors than serious injuries can happen anywhere, even when you're reasonably close to your starting point.
According to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:
On Friday August 12, 2022 at 2:15pm, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call from the International Emergency Response Communication Center (IERCC) stating they had received an SOS from a GPS Communication device regarding a hiker who had a serious lower leg injury.
The IERCC gave a latitude/longitude of the patient’s location, which was described as approximately 150 yards up a trail near the main parking lot at Hyalite Reservoir.
Deputies from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded along with personnel from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue Valley Section, Hyalite Fire Department, and AMR. Rescuers arrived on scene, assessed the patient, and created an extraction plan based on the hiker’s location.
Volunteers loaded the patient onto a one wheeled litter and transported them back to the Hyalite Reservoir main parking lot. The patient was transferred to AMR and ultimately transported to Bozeman Health for further evaluation.
Many thanks to all who were involved in this rescue. We're lucky to have a vast resource in our area Search & Rescue teams and first responders.