Wyoming Range snowmobilers found safe
Weather forces party of 8 to spend night in Warming Hut
January 10, 2007
A search and rescue effort for a group of eight missing snowmobilers up Horse Creek in the Wyoming Range had a happy ending on Monday, January 8th with the party finding their own way out before search and rescue crews went in.
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Search and Rescue personnel were notified Sunday evening that a group of snowmobilers was potentially missing in the Horse Creek area of the Wyoming Range. A group of eight snowmobilers were reported overdue. The party included four adults and four juveniles. The two male adults had failed to show up for work, causing concern.
The SCSO activated Tip Top Search and Rescue, Emergency Management and placed an ambulance on standby at the Horse Creek snowmachine parking lot.
Prior to the arrival of Search and Rescue hasty teams and Emergency Management, the missing group rode out on their own. They were checked by EMS crews and all were found to be okay, but cold.
Group members stated they had attempted to ride to the Box Y in the Greys River drainage, but only made it as far as the Blind Bull Warming Hut when the wind came up making visibility very poor. They attempted to return to their vehicles, but two of their machines got stuck and weather conditions worsened. They returned to the warming hut, where they spent the night. The following morning, they freed their two stuck machines and rode out.
All responding searchers were cancelled, including Lincoln County which had been put on alert and were preparing to search in from the Alpine side. The search closed at 11:27 am on Monday morning.
Tip Top Search & Rescue
Sublette County Sheriff's Office
Wyoming Range Snowmobiling