On Saturday February 9th, we took advantage of all the nice fresh snow and went to a field along Antelope Flat for some snowmobile training. We also took some time to practice with our avalanche probes and beacons, something that we ensure we carry on every ride. About half-way through the day we had the wonderful chance to change a belt on a UTV, as the old one exploded with no warning. It was a great learning opportunity that reminded us that a toolkit is only good if you carry it with you.
On Saturday January 26th, a few members of the SAR snowmobile team recovered the body of an avalanche victim who was buried on Friday while riding near Cabin Creek.
On June 12th at 9:41pm we were called to Hell's Half-acre, the lava hiking trail west of Idaho Falls, for a female hiker who had fallen into a crevasse and injured herself. She was able to call 911 who got GPS coordinates. Using her location, Life Flight was able to land nearby and hike over, but the terrain was too difficult for them to move her alone. Leaving the trail head at about 10:15pm, 24 SAR members hiked in about 2.5 miles and carried her another half mile back to the helicopter where she was flown to EIRMC at about 2:30am.
On Thursday May 10th, we joined the search for a missing female who reportedly fell into the Snake River during the previous night. About 15 volunteers responded and searched the river south of Idaho Falls to the dam at Sunnyside for about 7 hours.
On February 20th at 04:06 pm we responded to the report of an adult male buried in an avalanche in the upper bowl of Sheep Creek about 6 miles from the trailhead. The man was snowmobiling with a group of friends in the area. The man was located and freed from the slide, but did not survive. Deputies and Search and Rescue will be working through the night to bring the man’s body out of Sheep Creek. Sheep Creek is located directly east of Palisades Reservoir. Further information will be released pending notification of family.
On May 23rd at 4:00pm we were called out to a hiker who had gotten stuck while venturing off trail near Little Elk Creek. 16 SAR members responded and hiked toward him. Air Idaho sent a helicopter on a search and assist and were able to locate him. They found a landing spot near the hiker and were able to bring him down safely at about 8:30pm.
At 7:15pm on February 17th, we responded to Willow Creek above Ririe Reservoir for a man who had fallen through the ice. 18 SAR personnel responded, along with Idaho Falls paramedics. We reached the men at about 9pm and returned them to Bone Road by snow machine. They were checked out and released in good condition.
On Saturday 11/12 at 5:54pm we were called to Palisades Creek to assist a hiker who had injured her leg and was unable to hike down from the upper lake. 12 SAR personnel responded with horses, motorbikes, and on foot. With assistance the hiker was able to make her way down the trail to meet up with rescuers and then was brought to the trail head on horse back at about 8:30pm.
On 10/19 at 07:00am we started a search for a hunter lost in the area near Palisades Reservoir. Teams searched for about 3 hours and the individual was located by another person who was able to contact 911. We met up with them and helped get them back to the trailhead safely.
On Oct 16th at 04:00am, we were called to the area around Gray's Lake for a missing hunter. Teams searched until 11:00am when the subject was located by some other hunters. He was able to return safely.