TCSAR saves lost snowmobilers, injured snowmobiler and injured skier

(Teton County, Wyo.) - Monday, February 8, was a busy day for the Teton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. It started approximately 3:00 a.m. when the Teton County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that there was a pending request for from Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office in Idaho for a helicopter and snowmobile teams. This search was for two snowmobilers who had spent the night out in the Bald Mountain/Black Mountain area after they were unsuccessful in getting themselves out the previous day. Bonneville County Idaho and Lincoln County Wyoming teams searched most of the night and were able to locate an area where the snowmobilers most likely were located but due to darkness, terrain and rescuer safety, they had to postpone searching until daylight hours. Teton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue helicopter and snowmobile teams mobilized and at approximately 9:15 a.m. the helicopter was able to make contact with the two snowmobilers and confirm they were okay. The helicopter was able to find a better route out for the snowmobilers and rescue crews. At approximately 10:50 a.m., the snowmobilers were reunited with their families. They were well prepared, made a fire to stay warm through the night and got out without injuries. One of the snowmobilers was a 33-year-old male from Lincoln County who works for the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and the other was 32-year-old male from Lincoln County. The second call was received at approximately 11:57 a.m. This was for a 16-year-old male from Manila, Utah who was snowmobiling in the Togwotee area on the K Trail. The 16-year-old patient crashed his snowmobile and had a serious leg injury. The Togwotee Mountain snowmobile guides assisted in finding the injured party and prepared a landing spot for the helicopter. The patient was air lifted to a waiting ambulance at Black Rock Ranger Station. The third call came in at approximately 3:15 p.m. This was for a skier with a knee injury in the Commissary Ridge area of the Caribou- Targhee National Forest. The 39-year-old female from Jackson, was flown out by helicopter and then driven by a friend to the hospital for treatment. *Feature Photo: **The helicopter during last week's rescue in Grand Teton National Park. h/t Stephanie Thomas / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news