JACKSON, Wyo. — Just past 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) team was contacted by Park County, Wyoming, to do an aerial search for a group of eight snowmobilers reported who were lost on Beartooth Pass.
The group had not been seen or heard of since Wednesday and spent the night out in the elements. With TCSAR on standby, Park County SAR learned of the group’s location, about six miles from the nearest trailhead, and requested a helicopter evacuation.
The ship loaded up two TCSAR volunteers and a ranger from Grand Teton National Park and flew to Cody to refuel. The team then responded to the site and successfully evacuated all eight snowmobilers to safety. The team then returned home to Jackson.
Despite the spike in incidents this winter, TCSAR says they stand ready and willing to help its neighbors. In the past few weeks, the team has responded to incidents in Fremont, Lincoln, and Park counties, as well as Grand Teton National Park.
“We still have very motivated rescuers who are eager to help out in any way they can,” said Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr. “We have this amazing resource available and if another county needs it, we’re absolutely happy to help out.”
With another winter storm forecast for this weekend in Western Wyoming, TCSAR says that conservative decision-making is vital for traveling in backcountry terrain.