M PARAGLIDER RESCUE
On June 29, 2022, at 9:16am, Gallatin County Dispatch received a report of a paragliding accident at the M Trailhead. The paraglider caught a gust of wind and lost control of one wing, resulting in a hard crash just below the “M.” The patient had multiple injuries and was in severe pain.
Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue responded with a ground team to make contact with the patient. Due to the nature of the injuries the Heli Team was utilized to conduct a “short haul” from the crash location to an AMR ambulance at the trailhead parking lot.
The patient was successfully packaged and ultimately transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital where they received further treatment for their injuries.
Sheriff Dan Springer would like to remind you to always have a safety plan in the case of an emergency. In this incident, the paraglider was with other paragliders and friends who witnessed the accident and called 911 for help, leading to a swift and successful rescue.
Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.