TCSAR participated in rescuing and transporting an injured snowmobiler from the Togwotee pass area today (1/2/12).
TCSAR received several fragmented 911 calls but were unable to locate or confirm that an incident was in progress until a notification made by a SPOT personal locator sent a text message to the dispatch center. The information from the SPOT provided an accurate location near Togwotee pass and information on the injured snowmobiler.
Members of TCSAR flew in the contracted helicopter to the area and found Togwotee guides on scene with the man, who was injured when his machine flipped while trying to climb a steep incline. The guides had properly insulated the man from the cold ground and covered him in blankets. The SAR members packaged the man into the helicopter and provided him with pain medications before transporting him back to the the TCSAR base and transferring him to a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS ambulance crew.
This marks the first rescue of 2012 for the members of TCSAR.