Teton County Search and Rescue

Teton County Search and Rescue helicoptered a South Dakota backpacker out of the Teton Wilderness on Thursday after she fell and injured her knee.

August started with a bang for Teton County Search and Rescue and other first responders with three backcountry accident callouts in four days.

On Thursday about 4 p.m. a 55-year-old woman was five days into a backpacking trip with her son in the Teton Wilderness when she fell and injured her knee. The Rapid City, South Dakota, woman was near Enos Lake, about 7 miles from the Pacific Creek Trailhead.

“Her son hiked out and called for help,” Sheriff Matt Carr said.

Rescue personnel started gathering a team to go in on horses but decided to use a helicopter instead.

“We ended up flying in between thunderstorms and getting her out,” Carr said.

They flew the woman to the heli base at Jackson Hole Airport, and her son transported her for further medical treatment, Carr said.

“It would have been an all-night adventure in and out on horseback,” he said.

Over the weekend there were two ATV accidents.

On Saturday, Teton County Search and Rescue received a call about a four-wheeler that tumbled into Slide Lake in the Gros Ventre.

“We were worried we had a drowning victim,” Carr said.

Two Teton County sheriff’s deputies were north of town, so they rushed to Slide Lake.

“She had gone about 1,000 feet from their trailer and whipped off the side of a cliff,” Carr said.

The four-wheeler fell 50 feet down.

“She miraculously was unscathed,” Carr said.

The deputies assisted her, and Search and Rescue stood down.

On Sunday, as emergency officials were busy fighting the wildfire that threatened the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Teton County Search and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office received a call for another four-wheeler accident near Slate Creek, off Gros Ventre River Road.

The 52-year-old woman injured a hip after falling off her ATV and was transported by ambulance.

Teton County Search and Rescue, is participating in Old Bill’s Fun Run, which is accepting donations through Sept. 13. It also will host Rescuefest, a fundraiser, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Snow King Resort. A $20 donation is suggested. There will be a silent auction, games, beer, food and live music.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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