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Missing snowmobiler rescued near West Yellowstone

W Yellowstone snowmobile rescue Feb. 9
Posted at 11:17 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 13:19:58-05

WEST YELLOWSTONE — A man who had gotten separated from his snowmobiling group was rescued Monday evening.

The West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a call at 5:54 p.m. on Monday from a local snowmobile rental shop reporting that a group of four snowmobilers had returned without one of their party.

A deputy spoke with the three members who had gotten separated from their fourth member in the area of Reas Pass, approximately eight miles south of West Yellowstone.

With temperatures dropping into the single digits, and the snowmobiler being inexperienced and unfamiliar with the area, the decision was made to initiate a search.

Searchers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Custer Gallatin National Forest Service, and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks responded to assist.

The missing snowmobiler was located walking down the trail. He had gotten his snowmobile stuck and was unable to free it on his own. Volunteers were able to get the snowmobile unstuck and escort him back to West Yellowstone.

Photo Courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.