UPDATE: Search & Rescue extract Scout Leader with broken leg from the mountains

UPDATE at 11:40 a.m. Below is a statement released by Fremont County Sheriff Jack R. “Skip” Hornecker on a search and rescue that began Thursday night.

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Sheriffs Office was notified at 6:03 PM Thursday August 7, 2014 of an injured 49 year old backpacker. The injured party was reported to be 15 miles in off of the Cold Springs Trailhead into the Washakie Ranger District ofthe Shoshone National Forrest. The Sheriffs Office established communications with the injured hiker and it was determined the location of the injured party was at the inlet of Lower Glacier Lake. It was determined the injured party was a male Scout Leader and was in the company of several Scouts. Lander SAR personnel, and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with a local air ambulance service, Classic Lifeguard, and launched a helicopter at 8:15PM to a proposed LZ (landing zone) near the injured victim.

The Classic Lifeguard helicopter was unable to get close enough to the injured party due to terrain and the onset of darkness for extraction. Medical personnel were able to reach the victim on foot, triage and stabilize a leg injury and prepare the victim for an overnight stay and follow-up extraction the morning of August 8, 2014. A Lander SAR member stayed with the injured party and the Scouts overnight.

At 8:39AM this morning, August 8, 2014, a Classic Lifeguard helicopter launched for a return to the injured victim with three Lander SAR members. Mission strategy for the day is to move the injured victim overland to the closest LZ and extract by air ambulance to the most appropriate medical center. After the patient is safely extracted from the mission location and delivered to a medical center, and the Scouts are reunited with their base camp, the SAR members will be extracted by helicopter. SAR command personnel anticipate successful patient extraction and mission completion around noon today.

Initial report:

(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County Search & Rescue was launched early Thursday evening for a traumatic injury sustained by a man in the Wind River Mountains.

The call to Fremont County Sheriff’s Office came in at 6:03 p.m., reporting that a 49-year-old man had fallen and broken his leg about 15 miles out from the Cold Springs Trailhead. The trailhead is located on the Wind River Indian Reservation west of Crowheart. The female caller told deputies that the man did not lose consciousness but he was in shock. The group had a satellite phone with them.

The sheriff’s office reports this morning that SAR made it to the scene and stabilized the victim. A daylight rescue trip was pending as of this morning.