(Basin, Wyo.) — Big Horn County Sheriff Kenneth Blackburn said his community owes a "big thank you to Sheridan County Search and Rescue," who helped find two men lost
Bighorns for about 24 hours Wednesday through Thursday.
"We had, arguably, the best riders in the Bighorns out looking for them,"
Blackburn told Dally today.
The two men, ages 48 and 50, left the Crystal Creek rest area Wednesday
afternoon for what was supposed to be a "short ride," Blackburn said. When
they had not returned by midnight, they were reported as missing.
Searchers went out immediately, including from Sheridan County Search and
Rescue, Big Horn County Search and Rescue, Washakie County Search and
Rescue and volunteer riders.
They found the first abandoned snow machine around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in
some brush. Shortly thereafter, searchers found the second snowmobile, and
began searching on foot.
"All the tracks were about a day old—they caught up on about 24 hours of
tracks within three hours," Blackburn said.
The men were recovered at around 7:11 p.m. Thursday, Blackburn said. Both
were dehydrated and one was "severely hypothermic." Blackburn said another
night lost and the search would not have had a promising outcome.
Both men are doing well and are expected to recover, he said. He did not
give their names.