A group of hunters found themselves stranded in the Fremont mountains Sunday night after their car broke down. Lacking cellphone service, they sent a teenager out in hopes of finding phone service
“Instead of calling 911, he called another grandfather. Had he called 911, we would have known where to look,” said Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries.
The other grandfather called someone else who in turn contacted a member of the Fremont County Search and Rescue unit.
“We didn’t know where they were. They said they were in Island Park, but at the end of the day, they were in Clark County, which is fine. We work closely with Clark County, but we were looking all over Island Park trying to find them,” Humphries said.
The first call to Search and Rescue was received around 2:50 p.m., but the hunters weren’t found until 5 p.m., he said.
“Somebody else came across them and helped them out. I don’t know who it was. We were still looking,” he said.
No one was injured, and all the hunters made it out safely, Humphries said.
“Certainly, at the end of the day, everybody got out, and that was great,” he said. “It took us a long time to locate where they were at. It would have been so much easier if the grandson had called 911 in the first place. We encourage people, if they need help, to do that.”