Posted: Feb 23, 2013 4:23 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
HYALITE - An injured snowboarder was rescued Friday afternoon, south of Hyalite Reservoir. Sheriff's Search & Rescue, Rae Sourdough Fire and AMR responded to the call around 4:25 pm.
A 22-year-old Bozeman man had been snowboarding with four others in a popular area near the Window Rock Cabin known for its natural jumps. During a jump, he apparently landed wrong and hurt his back.
Responders found the man and were able to stabilize and warm him until further assistance arrived. Search & Rescue and Rae Sourdough personnel moved him on a sled about two-tenths of a mile through waist-deep snow to Hyalite Road. The victim was then turned over to AMR and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
Sheriff's Deputy and Incident Command Brandon Kelly said, "The quick response of the injured skier's friends in calling for help aided the Sheriff's Office and emergency services in performing their job in a quick and safe manner. It is important to remember to have the proper equipment (food, water, extra clothing, emergency beacon, shovels, etc) when recreating in the back country because even a planned short outing can turn hazardous."