Two separate groups of snowmobilers were rescued north of West Yellowstone on Sunday, according to a press release.
One group of snowmobilers from Minnesota called Sunday, after getting lost in the near-whiteout conditions. On their way Search and Rescue found another group of stuck snowmobilers. No one was injured, and everyone was safely rescued, according to a press release from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the press release:
Around 2:30 p.m. a group of snowmobilers from Minnesota called the Yellowstone Police Department saying they couldn’t find their trail because of the extreme snow conditions. GPS coordinates from the 911 call found them in the Horse Butte area, about 10 miles north of West Yellowstone. The snowmobilers said they would wait for the weather to clear up and look for the trail.
Four hours later they called 911 again, saying they still couldn’t find the trail system and were concerned about the deteriorating weather. They were uninjured but getting cold — the temperatures were dropping and it was near whiteout conditions. West Yellowstone Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Custer Gallatin National Forest Service responded to rescue the group.
On their way rescuers found a second group of snowmobilers who were lost and stuck. Rescuers found the first group and freed the second group. Both made it back safely to West Yellowstone, and no one was injured.