10/25/2019

…Another call came in Saturday just before 2 p.m. In a remote area near Cache Peak with limited cell service, a hunter suffered a serious lower back injury after his horse stumbled.

“He never came off the horse, but that motion is what created the injury,” Carr said.

The hunting party used the Backcountry SOS app to send a text message to authorities with their coordinates.

“The Backcountry SOS is what really provided us with an accurate location of where they were,” Carr said. “When you’re on these fringe areas where the cell coverage is not good and time is of the essence, getting those coordinates out and utilizing that app really cuts down on search times, it cuts down on transport times.

“In this situation, it was critical to get this guy moving as soon as possible. We knew right where we were going,” he said.

Search and Rescue sent in a ground team, which reached the patient at 4:30 p.m. and stabilized him and transported him to a suitable landing zone, Carr said. There, a helicopter reached the hunter and transported him to the hangar by 6:20 p.m., where an ambulance took him to St. John’s Medical Center. Twenty-seven responders were involved with the rescue, Carr said.

The Backcountry SOS app was released in 2018 by the Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation, and allows users to quickly and accurately provide their status and location to 911 dispatch in an emergency, even in locations with minimal cell service.

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