If you ever wonder if Search and Rescue really needs a helicopter, the last 4 days proves it. Four helicopter rescues occurred just last weekend alone.
All four rescues would have been challenging if not nearly impossible without the use of the Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter and the highly trained volunteers and personnel.
Helicopter rescue #1
On Thursday afternoon, February 9, TCSAR was called with a request from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Ski Patrol for a short-haul helicopter operation to help an injured skier in Granite Canyon.
A woman had injured her knee while descending a 2,000-vertical-foot couloir in Grand Teton National Park. TCSAR successfully short-hauled the patient to the landing zone at the base of Teton Village.
Helicopter rescue #2
At about 3 p.m. on Friday, TCSAR responded to a snowmobile accident on Togwotee Pass. A woman in her 60s had been riding her snowmachine with a guided group when she hit a tree, suffering severe injuries to both legs. The team used a helicopter for rescue
Helicopter rescue #3
At about 3pm on Saturday searchers were called to an injured skier in the backcountry south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The skier had triggered a small avalanche. The slide caused an injured shoulder. TCSAR volunteers helped the injured skier walk to the helicopter.
Helicopter rescue #4
At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, crews were called by Fremont County Search & Rescue for assistance in locating a missing snowmobiler in a remote location off the Union Pass Road. Fremont County had spent most of the afternoon looking for the man, and requested helicopter assistance for the continued search on Sunday morning.