SAR Rescues Teens Stranded on Buffalo Bill Reservoir

CODY – On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 5:47 p.m., the Park County Communications Center received a report of two teenagers stranded on an island in the Buffalo Bill Reservoir off of the Lower Southfork Road (County Road 6QS). Two Park County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the scene and the Park County Search and Rescue (SAR) were mobilized. The reporting party, Lucy Ruth Caulton, age 17 of Cody told deputies that her and her two friends, Samuel Thomas Dallas, age 18 and Madison Waidelich, age 17 also from Cody were swimming in the dike pond at the southwest end of the reservoir. At one point the group decided to swim to an island several hundred feet from shore. During the attempt, Caulton became disoriented and returned to shore. Dallas and Waidelich continued on to the island but due to the windy conditions and their becoming exhausted during the initial swim, they were unable to return to shore. SAR personnel arrived on scene, deployed an inflatable Zodiac boat, navigated to the island, and returned the teens to shore. Other than being tired and cold, they were otherwise unharmed. Park County Sheriff Scott Steward took this opportunity to remind residents that conditions on the reservoir are ever-changing and that people need to take proper precautions. “Not only should people be aware of the conditions of the reservoir, but they need to be aware of their own limitations,” said Steward. “Anyone recreating on the reservoir should wear a life jacket, regardless of how strong a swimmer they think they are.” *Feature Photo: 2015 photo of Buffalo Bill Reservoir / Pitchengine Communities * #reboot #news