GTNP SAR

Grand Teton National Park rangers use a helicopter to lower a rescue ranger and a litter carrying a patient.

A Mongolian woman was hiking in the South Fork of Garnet Canyon in Grand Teton National Park on Friday night when she fell on snow and slipped 100 feet down rocky terrain.

Other hikers witnessed the fall and texted 911 using Backcountry SOS, an application that alerts dispatch if you need rescued.

“The search and rescue incident was initiated with waning daylight hours,” park spokesperson Denise Germann said. “Using the coordinates generated by the emergency backcountry application, responders were able to immediately locate the injured party via the Teton Interagency Helicopter, allowing for quick medical assessment and treatment.”

Nergui Enkhchineg, 28, “sustained significant injuries” and was flown by short haul to an ambulance and taken to St. John’s Medical Center.

Park rangers also started to rescue someone who got stranded on the Middle Teton on Sunday, Germann said, but a private hiking party ended up helping the hiker to safety. 

Also on Sunday, park rangers helped a tourist who had a medical emergency at a backcountry campsite on Leigh Lake. Rangers used a wheeled litter to get the sick individual to a park ambulance.

"Hikers and climbers attempting larger ascents are reminded to research their route and be knowledgeable of the skills required for their trip," Germann said in a press release. "It is imperative that hikers understand their own skills in order to prevent emergency situations for themselves and responders."

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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