Rescue Teams Busy After Storm

Rescue Teams Busy After Storm

The aftermath of Tuesday’s storms was cause for a very busy time in the days that followed for Sublette County rescue teams. During the early hours of Tuesday September 8th, Tip Top Search and Rescue members received two calls. A solo hiker was hunkered down in his tent near Cross Lake when the wind shredded his tent, leaving him exposed to the snow and ice as well as the low temperatures. No movement was noted during the night and information collected by the rescue team was that he had a pre-existing brain condition that was cause for concern. A second beacon came from a father-daughter duo on horses. They had initiated the emergency response at Crescent Lake after becoming concerned for their safety through the night with the wind tearing at their tent and for the safety of their three horses and one mule.


A 10-person team of SAR members and Sublette County Sheriff personnel gathered at daylight and a plan was made to launch the two rescues. The ten would split into two smaller groups once they reached the wilderness to hike to both Cross and Crescent lakes to evaluate the individuals in distress. At 12:23pm, the clouds began to clear and a small window in the weather allowed a helicopter team to launch and arrive at the coordinates for the solo hiker near Cross Lake. They located the 51-year-old male with his tent shredded to bits, and ice and snow packed inside. They also found his sleeping bag surrounded with wind-packed snow. Despite being extremely cold, the man was able to walk to the helicopter under his own power and was taken to the Pinedale Medical Clinic for evaluation. The father-daughter group informed the county they had moved from their location, and the helicopter was able to locate a man with a string of horses on the Scab Creek Trail.

He was unable to travel any further with the massive number of downed trees around the hill. His daughter had been able to find her way down the trail without the horses and was found by the rescue team. She then aided in getting her father and the horses out of the mountains. They were reported in good condition other than being scared and thirsty. Another hiker was able to self-rescue on Wednesday, and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office requested the helicopter to help with three rescues of 9 individuals stranded due to the snow and temperatures there.  Tip Top Search and Rescue and the helicopter were able to extricate hikers from Deep Creek Lake, Valentine Lake, and the site of a medical emergency south of Atlantic City. The victims were all flown to the Lander Airport at the request of the Fremont County Sheriff.

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