On Wednesday, April 28, Gallatin County Search & Rescue responded to reports of a hiker with traumatic injuries.

According to a press release from the Gallatin Media Center, the individual was hiking off-trail when they fell on a downed tree with exposed broken limbs.

As a result of the fall, the hiker suffered an injury to the rib area.

Gallatin County Search & Rescue used ground crews and a helicopter team to search the area for the injured hiker. Crews located the injured hiker a few miles in and about a quarter-mile off the main Sourdough Trail. The hiker complained of intense pain and had a noticeable injury in the rib area. Due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained, the hiker was airlifted out of the area via helicopter to a waiting ambulance.

Posted by Gallatin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 29, 2021

Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer wants to remind everyone that enjoys spending time outdoors that a simple slip in the woods could result in a major injury. Sheriff Springer would also like to extend his appreciation for all of the search and rescue volunteers who volunteer to help those in need.

Make sure you're prepared before hitting the trail. Communication devices like walkie-talkies and a hiking partner are highly recommended and can minimize response time for rescuers.

In addition to water and food, here are a few other items to consider bringing along on your hike.

    • Bug spray
    • Thick, wool, or synthetic-material socks that wick moisture for longer hikes
      (Don’t forget to bring an extra pair!)
    • Moleskin for blisters
    • Personal Locator Beacon. Some backcountry areas do not have cell service.
    • Water filtration and purification equipment

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