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Missing Spelunkers Found

October 18, 2011 Greater Yellowstone, Teton County, Teton Valley No Comments
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Three amateur cavers were located early Monday morning after about a 16 hour search of the Wind and Ice Cave in Darby Canyon.  According to Captain Tripp Wilson, the three had apparently set out to explore the cave around 10:00 am Saturday morning, but had failed to return by 24 hours later.  Wilson says the missing parties were reported by a family member and Teton County, Wyoming sheriff’s officials requested the assistance of the Teton County, Idaho search and rescue team.  After a limited search from both entrances to the cave failed to turn up any sign of the missing parties, a fresh crew from Teton County, Wyoming re-entered the cave from the two entrances with the objective of meeting in the middle.  One team found a distress note indicating the three were lost and based on that, the other team located the three shortly before 10:00 pm Sunday night.  Wilson says in addition to the two search teams, several volunteers participated in the search. Wilson says the three, described only as in their 20s – one from Rexburg, the other two from Sandy, Utah – were tired and hungry by the time they returned to civilization about 2:30 am Monday, but were otherwise unharmed.  Wilson says while the three were experienced climbers, they apparently had limited experience with caving.

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