An injured skier in Wyoming’s Park County was rescued after search and rescue workers lowered themselves down risky terrain over the weekend.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office says on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at approximately 5:09 pm, the 911 Communications Center received a report of a woman who had injured her knee skiing on the Gardner Headwall ski area in the Beartooth Mountains; in Park County, Wyoming.
The 49-year-old female; reportedly from Joliet, Montana; was 650 feet down the headwall and unable to get out due to her injury.
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“A joint effort between the Park County Search and Rescue, Cody Regional Health Ambulance Wilderness Response Team, and Carbon County Montana Search and Rescue was immediately launched,” Park County Sheriff’s Officials said in a written statement Tuesday afternoon. “By 8:30 pm the rescuers were beginning the process of lowering the litter to the injured skier.”
Four Search and Rescue members reportedly were lowered down the 650 feet on a technical rope system. The victim was packaged on the liter, and the process of her ascent began at approximately 10:07 pm, according to the PCSO statement.
“By 11:45 pm the victim was delivered to a waiting Cody Regional Health Ambulance,” officials said.
Park County’s Sheriff Scott Steward praised the response and the expertise of the volunteers involved in the evacuation mission. “The dangerous terrain made for a very risky rescue operation, but the skill set, training, and dedication of all of the teams involved made for swift and safe rescue.”