On Thursday July 21, 2016 at approximately 120pm Livingston Dispatch received a SPOT satellite alert from IERCC. The only information available was the SOS alert button was pushed. Further investigation revealed a group of seven hikers sent the signal when one of them became ill and needed medical assistance. The patient, a 23 year old male from Bloomfield Michigan, seemed to be suffering from some pre-existing illness and this in turn made it impossible for him to come out of the back country under his own power.
REACH Air Ambulance out of Cody, WY was called and coordinates given for the location, just southwest of Lower Aero Lake in the Cooke City area. Park County Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s Office personnel and YNP Rangers responded with the helicopter to the scene for assistance in locating the patient and getting the patient to the helicopter.
The patient was subsequently located, rescued, and flown to Billings for medical treatment.
At approximately 8pm all rescue personnel returned safely from the incident. The remaining members of the hiking party made it safely back to Cooke City as well.
Sheriff Hamilton would like to remind everyone conducting trips into the backcountry, to have a plan, let someone know where you are going and when, and let someone know when to expect you to return.