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Snowmobiler suffers fatal avalanche at Denny Creek

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF GALLATIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

GALLATIN MEDIA CENTER

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 to include information released after EBS press time.

WEST YELLOWSTONE – On Feb. 6, 2022, at 4:48 p.m., the West Yellowstone Dispatch Center received a call for an injured snowmobiler. The snowmobiler was involved in an avalanche in the Dry Fork of Denny Creek, 9.8 miles west of West Yellowstone. Initial reports indicated the injured snowmobiler was unresponsive and members of the group were performing CPR.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, National Forest Service, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire Department responded to Denny Creek. A snowmobile rescue team deployed immediately up the trail.  Lifesaving efforts were attempted for over an hour before the patient was pronounced deceased. The victim’s name has not been released.


On Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office investigated the fatality near West Yellowstone. The investigation concluded that 30-year-old Bradie Harold Becker, of Iowa, died of asphyxiation after being buried in avalanche debris. Bradie had been separated from the group of snowmobilers at the time of the avalanche and when located resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

He was wearing an avalanche airbag that had been deployed and a helmet. Sheriff Springer thanks the rapid response of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, National Forest Service, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire Department, who all assisted with the recovery. Our deepest condolences go out to Bradie’s family and friends during this time.

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