2014-08-15 Stranded Boater off Cliffs in Henry's Lake
Around 10:40 pm while Fremont County Search & Rescue was assisting with the Grand Teton Relay, Fremont County's Sheriff's Dispatch received a report of two male individuals, the youngest being 19 years old, stranded in a boat that wouldn't start about 300 yards off the cliffs on Henry's Lake in Island Park. The water was choppy, and it appeared that a storm was headed toward the boat. Several Search & rescue members responded with the unit's lake boat to Henry's Lake. Another Search & Rescue member also responded from the valley with his personal boat, and the Seriff's Deputy patrolling Island Park brought the Sheriff's boat over to the State Boat Dock so rescuers could respond more quickly. Dispatch attempted to reestablish communication with the individual, but was directed to voicemail. When the boaters were able to call back, they confirmed their boat was anchored from the bow. An additional search member responded to the top of the cliffs to see if he could locate the stranded boat. He estimated the boat to be about a half mile from the cliffs. The Deputy and the 1st search team located the boat and towed it back to the State Boat Dock. They Arrived at the dock about 1:20 am, and Search & Rescue members either returned home or back to helping with the Grand Teton Relay. While these two events were happening, Search and Rescue was informed that one of the runners from the Grand Teton Relay had taken an incorrect turn. Cell service was poor at their location, and the individuals where advised to climb to a higher position and call 911. The lost individual's GPS location was determined using enhanced 911 technology at the sheriff's office and Search and Rescue members located the individual and returned him to the race.