Rafters aided by Teton County Search and Rescue, snowmobiler dies

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Teton County Search and Rescue Helicopter

Teton County Search & Rescue was back in action over the weekend when they responded to two incidents, including one ended in tragedy.

On Saturday, a Twin Falls, Idaho couple had rented a raft and launched at the Wilson Bridge with the goal of floating to the South Park Landing 13 miles downriver. Realizing they could not navigate the river the pair stopped the raft near the levee. Search & Rescue volunteers responded on snowmobiles. The couple were taken by snowmobiles to the Wilson Bridge.

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Then on Sunday afternoon, Search & Rescue received a call about a snowmobiler who had become buried under his snow machine in deep snow on Togwotee Pass.

The 42-year-old Casper, Wyoming man was with another rider but they split up.

The partner finally found the man trapped under his sled in the snow. An SOS alert was senton a satellite device, which mobilized first responders.

Teton County Search & Rescue responded on snowmobiles and with the helicopter. The Teton County Sheriff Deputies and Jackson Hole Fire/EMS also aided in the rescue mission.

Upon arriving on scene, the man was pronounced dead. The cause of the accident was not avalanche-related.