Park County Search and Rescue performed its second rescue in as many weeks with a successful retrieval of a snowmobiler on Beartooth Pass on Wednesday afternoon.
Sandy Seright, 69, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was transported out via sled just west of Beartooth Lake.
He had reportedly struck a rock with his snowmobile, resulting in a compound fracture above his left elbow.
Four members of the SAR Snow Team reached Seright by 2:15 p.m. After stabilizing Seright, the rescue workers transported him via an ambulance sled. They were met by other members from SAR and the wilderness medical team halfway out at 3:35 p.m., and took Seright to a staging area at the intersection of WYO 296 and WYO 212, where an ambulance waited.
In total, Seright was transported about 9 miles.
Seright was evacuated to West Park Hospital at 4:12 p.m.
About a month ago SAR and the Cody Country Snowmobile Association performed an avalanche safety and emergency rescue demonstration near the area where Seright’s injury occurred.
“We have tremendous interagency success when it comes to situations like this,” Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said. “And we have excellent community resources at our disposal such as our snow team that respond immediately when called. They are the very definition of caring and community support.”
The snow team is a voluntary group of SAR members who are experienced snowmobilers and often called in for winter rescues because the Beartooth Mountains are one of the most popular locations to snowmobile in the local area.