Montana Search and Rescue Team Member Dies in Climbing Accident

Montana Search and Rescue Team Member Dies in Climbing Accident
Travis Swanson of Gallatin County Search and Rescue. (Gallatin County Search and Rescue / Speed/Coaching + Creative photo)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a member of the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team died after being caught in a rock fall while climbing a mountain.

Sheriff's officials say Travis Swanson died Sunday in the climbing accident on Mount Cowen in Park County.

Swanson was rock climbing with fellow search and rescue team members Jackson Negri and Will Hitchcock. Sheriff's officials said in a statement that the rock fall swept both Swanson and Hitchcock down the slope.

Negri contacted Park and Gallatin county authorities, who rescued Hitchcock and recovered Swanson's body in what officials described as a complex alpine rescue.

The statement says Hitchcock is in stable condition in a Billings hospital.

Officials say Swanson loved spending time with friends doing things that allowed him to excel at saving others.

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