2014-11-26 Overdue Hunter Keg Springs

at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, November 26th, Fremont County Search & Rescue Senior and Junior members responded to the report of an overdue hunter from Idaho Falls in his 70's. He was last seen at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning walking up Keg Springs and adjacent drainages to look for for tracks and clues to where the hunter might have traveled of the drainage where he may have decided to return. Voice contact was made at 7:54 p.m., and the mission was reorganized to dial in on his position and bring him out safely. Many members used snow shoes to transport a sleigh, food, water, blankets, hot packs, dry Klim gear (bibs, 2 coats, gloves, socks, and boots) to his location. It took time to got him warmed up and feeling well enough to make the trip. Manually dragging the sleigh through snowshoe trampled snow made travel extremely slow and tedious. The decision was made to bring the Unit's chainsaw winch from St. Anthony. Minutes before the chainsaw winch arrived, two rescue members made it back with the hunter to a waiting snowmobile to transport him the rest of the way to base camp and a warm Command Center. The rest of the search team snow shoed their way to base. Island Park EMS was dispatched to assess the hunter's health when he arrived at base camp. He was cleared by EMS and was able to drive himself home.