Gallatin Search and Rescue respond to hiker with difficulty breathing


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Search and Rescue crews responded to a 48-year-old hiker who reported having difficulty breathing at the Mystic Lake Cabin south of Bozeman.

Reports say a local trail runner came across the man along with his 16-year-old son shortly before 6:00 P.M. Friday evening. The local man directed the two to remain in the cabin while he ran down to cell coverage and called for help.

Authorities say the hiker believed he might be having an asthma attack from the smoke he inhaled during the night. Reports say the man and his son also appeared to have traveled further into the backcountry than they were prepared for.

Rescue crews transported the man and his son to a waiting American Medical Response ambulance.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin reminded backcountry enthusiasts to know their limits, and to pack for contingencies.