SUBLETTE COUNTY, WYO – Three snowmobilers were not afraid to call for help, and things worked out when Tip Top responded.
Sublette County Sheriff’s Office and Tip Top Search and Rescue responded to three stranded snowmobilers last weekend on January 27. At approximately 6:00pm, the SCSO and TTSAR got a call from a female stating her husband (riding with two other snowmobilers) had hit his personal locating beacon around Kerr Creek up the Cliff Creek drainage.
Authorities quickly ascertained it was a non-emergent request from the ‘bilers stating they “needed help.” It was not as SOS activation. After obtaining coordinates and realizing what a tangled drainage the riders were in, the decision was made to attempt to access the sledders that evening.
Communications with the three riders was established via two-way radios confirming they were not in need of medical help, just assistance getting off the mountain. After unsuccessfully reaching the riders by 3:30am, the search team made the decision to stop until daybreak where they could see better and bring additional resources to reach the riders from the top of the drainage.
The three riders were experienced in the backcountry and had the provisions they needed to survive overnight. At 9:00am the next morning TTSAR, with assistance from local riders and Teton County SAR’s backcountry team, were set to deploy from the Cliff Creek parking lot when the three riders rode out on their own. They had been able to make their way out of the tangled drainage once they could see their terrain better.
All three riders were tired but in good medical condition. No other assistance was requested, and all parties returned home.