Three BSSAR members responded to Doe Creek / Buck Ridge area for a person on a snowmobile who became stuck and was left behind by her friends. The person was located with the help of their GPS enabled cell phone and enhanced 911. Local snowmobile guides found the person uninjured and the incident was canceled. It lasted about 1 hour.
Seven BSSAR members responded to a dispatch for an activated Personal Locater Beacon (PLB). BSSAR performed a standby function during this incident until it was determined that it was not located in our area. The incident last about 2 hours.
Nine members of Big Sky Search and Rescue went through our beginning of the season snowmobile training and Buck Ridge familiarization. Topics covered included safety, avalanche awareness, maneuvering and how to have fun in the powder. The training last about 5 hours.
20 members of BSSAR participated in this class on a review of recent missions. The training lasted about one hour. Afterwards the team adjourned to a nearby restaurant to celebrate the holidays and a successful year of operations.
Four members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a river rescue request for a car in the Gallatin River. They worked in conjunction with SAR teams from the Bozeman valley. A Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy was the incident commander. The mission lasted approximately three hours.
Ten members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded for a person lost while snowmobiling near Cedar Mountain and Buck Ridge. The patient was located by a BSSAR hasty team on snowmobiles, and transported to an EMS unit from Big Sky Fire. A Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy was the incident commander. The mission took approximately four hours.
Ten members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded up the Taylor Fork / Cache Creek area for two people. One person is reported to have drank bleach and the other one was missing after a falling from a horse while evacuating the first. The patient was transported by an EMS unit from Big Sky Fire, and the other was located and assisted to the trailhead. The incident commander was a Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy. The mission lasted approximately five hours.