Injured mountain biker rescued in Phillips Canyon

JACKSON, Wyo. — Teton County Search and Rescue spent their Saturday night in the dark, rescuing a biker from Phillips Canyon.

The call came in about 8:30 p.m. on September 5. The team was alerted to an injured mountain biker who’d crashed into a creek in Phillips Canyon. The female patient was experiencing severe pain, was unable to walk, and was possibly hypothermic.

One TCSAR member was dispatched immediately and began running up the trail in the dark. Meanwhile, two strike teams set out from the TCSAR hangar, utilizing e-mountain bikes, medical gear, transport gear, and the wheeled litter.

At 9:50 p.m., the first TCSAR team member made contact with the injured party and immediately began trying to warm her up with dry clothes, heat packs, and a sleeping bag. The other two teams arrived shortly thereafter and began packaging the patient for transport in the wheeled litter.

Using headlamps, the team then wheeled the patient for about two miles down to the end of the trail to a waiting ambulance.

The teams reported back to the hangar to debrief and make sure the gear would be ready for the next mission. Everyone headed home just after midnight.

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