On 6/23/2020 at 6pm we launched a call out in response to a 911 call by a man who was riding his dirt bike near Red Ridge in the Palisades area. He was tired and stuck and unable to make his way out. While in transit, we received another call to 911 for a separate dirt bike rider in the Heise/Burns Creek area who had wrecked on his bike and was losing consciousness. We were able to split the teams and run successful searches for both. The first man was located by ground teams who helped him recover his bike and hike back out.
During the year of 2019, Bonneville County Search & Rescue had:
- 44 Members
- 60 Training events covering 1,822 hours and 12,260 personal vehicle miles
- 11 Call outs for service with 365 hours and 3,745 personal vehicle miles
We are grateful to our wonderful community for your continued support.
We assisted the city of Idaho Falls in locating an autistic boy who was missing from home. 25 SAR members responded and searched the surrounding area. He was found by a member of the public who recognized him from a news release. We appreciate the support of our community in helping this family.
We responded at 1pm to a call to locate 2 boys who had become separated from their hiking group somewhere above Sheep Creek, up above Palisades. They had missed a trail junction and ended up hiking out Little Elk Creek where we met up with them. Everyone was reunited safe and sound a few hours later.
At 04:45am we were called to South Tourist Park to help look for a woman who went missing during the night. About 20 SAR members responded along with Idaho Falls Police Department. She was located at about 10am.
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.