Several agencies were involved in a climbing rescue on Monday morning on Granite Peak along with a SEPARATE rescue/assistance call.

According to the official Press Release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:

  • On August 8, 2016 at about 0945 hours, the Park County Sheriff's Office received a report of a SPOT Emergency Beacon activation in the area of Sky Top Lakes.
  • A Park County Deputy-Medic was dispatched to the location by helicopter.
  • During this SAR response, at about 1100 hours, PCSO received a report of a climber who had fallen near the summit of Granite Peak.
  • These two incidents were plotted to be within about 1 ½ miles of each other. We were unsure if these were two separate incidents or the same one.
  • Park County requested the assistance of a high angle rescue team from Gallatin County to respond in a second helicopter to the Granite Peak area.
  • As this team was responding, PCSO received an update that the first incident was a separate incident.
  • The Deputy-Medic transported a 71 year old male with a suspected cardiac event from the area of Sky Top Lakes to Cooke City where they were met by an ambulance to transport the patient to the hospital.
  • (The patient from the first Search and Rescue mission was transported by ground ambulance to a hospital in Cody, Wyoming.)

Event #2

  • The Deputy-Medic then responded back to the Granite Peak area by helicopter to tie in with the high angle rescue team.
  • A 19 year old male, who had fallen while climbing, was rescued from Granite Peak by a Gallatin County High Angle Rescue Team and flown by helicopter to a separate landing zone near Sky Top Lakes.
  • A medical helicopter from Bozeman then landed to provide medical treatment.
  • The patient was then transported by medical helicopter to a hospital in Billings.
  • The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. 
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