Authorities in Montana have reported that a man who fell to his death while trekking was a keen ice climber, according to some accounts.
Around 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers received a contact from a GPS device monitoring service informing them that a device had been triggered close to Grotto Falls in Hyalite Canyon.
The Gallatin National Forest contains Hyalite Canyon, which is situated south of Bozeman, Montana.
Later, an eyewitness reported to the Gallatin County dispatcher that an ice climber had fallen and suffered injuries.
The climber was recognised by the sheriff’s office as Montana-based ice climber Kyle Allen Rott, 36.
The Grotto Falls trailhead was visited by volunteer search and rescue personnel from the sheriff’s office, two Bear Air Rescue aircraft, and Billings Clinic MedFlight helicopters.
Five search and rescue teams were then sent to the region where Rott was discovered.
Rott was given medical attention by the responding teams before being lifted aboard a chopper and taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Centre, where he subsequently passed away from his wounds.
Upon arriving at the hospital, coroners from the sheriff’s office discovered that the man had died unintentionally due to blunt force injuries to the head, which had been sustained during an ice climbing fall.
In a Facebook post, Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer thanked the search and rescue team members who reacted to the tragedy and offered his sympathies to Rott’s family and friends in South Dakota.