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Stranded snowmobilers rescued near West Yellowstone

Posted at 10:24 AM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 12:28:42-05

WEST YELLOWSTONE – Two men who were snowmobiling in the Lionshead area were rescued Monday evening after getting stranded.

A 911 call from the two Minnesota snowmobilers in their 20s was received at 5:15 p.m. with the pair saying they were not getting out by themselves due to steep terrain and low snow levels.

The coordinates retrieved from the call indicated they were in a steep canyon approximately nine miles west of West Yellowstone in the Lionshead area.

Rescuers from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and U.S. Forest Service responded.

Rescuers located the men about one hour after the initial call but due to the steep technical terrain were forced to find an alternate way into them.

The men were in good health and assisted by SAR were able to extricate themselves and their snowmobiles and return to town.