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Snowmobiler rescued after breaking leg in crash near West Yellowstone

Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 00:28:30-05

WEST YELLOWSTONE – A Minnesota man who crashed his snowmobile and broke his leg was rescued Tuesday afternoon north of West Yellowstone.

West Yellowstone Police Department dispatch received a 911 call at around 2 p.m. reporting that a 44-year-old Minnesota man was injured in the Cabin Creek area 12 miles north of West Yellowstone.

Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, National Forest Service and a helicopter from Reach Air Medical Services responded.

Emergency personnel made their way to the man who was located in a steep canyon with high avalanche danger. Despite the man’s severe pain, rescuers were able to package him onto a narrow toboggan sled.

Meanwhile, a helicopter from Reach Air Medical Services was able to find a suitable place to land. Rescuers transported the patient to the helicopter, which then transported him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment.