SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on March 4 regarding an injured snowmobiler.
Authorities in Lincoln County reported they received a SPOT device activation reporting an injured snowmobiler in the Horse Creek area. Access to the injured rider was more manageable from the Sublette County side so the call was forwarded to Sublette.
Tip Top Search and Rescue (TTSAR) was paged out at approximately 3pm to rescue the rider who had a reported lower back injury. Coordinates and texting communication was provided through a Garmin InReach satellite communicator which provided the exact location and condition of the injured rider.
The injured rider was located in the North Fork portion of the Horse Creek area. Seven members of TTSAR’s winter rescue team met at the trailhead with members of the injured rider’s party. Together they rode to the location of the injured rider. Other members of the injured snowmobiler’s party had stayed with him to keep him warm with extra clothing. They also worked on packing the trail to help with the rescue while waiting on help to arrive.
The injured rider was assessed, packaged, and evacuated via a rescue sled pulled behind a TTSAR snowmobile. Sublette County EMS was staged at the Horse Creek parking lot and received the injured rider at 6:30pm. He was transported for evaluation to the Pinedale Medical Clinic. The rider was flown out via life flight for further medical treatment from the Pinedale Medical Clinic.
Despite the wind and darkness this was a successful mission thanks to great teamwork of the reporting party, TTSAR volunteers, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, and Sublette County EMS.