A man who spent Wednesday night alone in the Wyoming wilderness after falling and breaking both of his ankles while climbing was rescued on Thursday morning.
A news release from the Park County, Wyo., Sheriff's Office said that the wife of Kenneth Richmond, 54, reported Thursday morning that he was overdue after an ice climbing outing.
Park County Search and Rescue responded shortly after and sheriff's deputies found his vehicle near the Cabin Creek Trailhead at the end of the Southfork Highway.
At about 8:30 a.m., ice climbers Kenny Gasch and Jonathon Bates, of Cody, found Richmond, from Powell, at High on Boulder, a rugged ice floe in a narrow canyon filled with steep, sheer ice about a half mile southwest of the Majo Ranch east of the South Fork River.
"Mr. Richmond had fallen approximately 15-20 feet from the ice flow, fracturing both ankles," the news release said. "He spent the entire night at the foot of the flow before being found by Gasch and Bates."
A helicopter from Idaho Falls, Idaho, flew Richmond to West Park Hospital in Cody by 1 p.m.
"Our community is extremely fortunate to have such a highly motivated group of well-trained volunteers who willingly put their safety at risk in order to get the job done," Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said in the release.
Almost 20 volunteer search and rescue members helped out.