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Beaverhead Search & Rescue Called Out To Locate Missing Individuals

Submitted by Mel Rice: Public Relations

The Beaverhead Search and Rescue was called out Sunday, March 26th, at 5:17 PM to help two individuals, a 54 year old male, a female companion, and their dog. They had driven to the Bannack MT area where they unloaded a side by side with tracks and drove up the Reservoir Creek road. Along their way the vehicle became stuck in a snow bank and the two individuals couldn’t get it out so began walking back down the road. They called 911 and requested assistance. At that time both persons were mobile.

Search and Rescue deployed 6 teams to the area between 5:45 PM and 7:45 PM. Teams were sent to different roads in the area to make sure the individuals weren’t missed. At 8:34 PM the female of the party was picked up. She was in good shape but indicated the male had fallen and was hurt. The hasty team continued up the Reservoir Cr. Rd and found the male individual on his feet walking slowly. The rescue team returned him to his companion and they were taken back to their truck. At that time all S&R members returned to Dillon and the stuck party returned home.

Search teams arrived back at the SAR building around 9:45 PM. This involved 14 members and approximately 48 total man hours. S&R members involved in this rescue were: Alan Holt, Tommy Goins, Trent Cottom, Cody Schnee, Charles Wiedow, Kolby Malesich, Dusty Crowe, Clint Rouse, Mel Rice, Wade Bush, Chuck Maddox, Mick Paffhausen, Jake Peterson, and Mark Smith. Remember only the calendar says it spring. There is a lot of snow in the mountains and avalanche dangers are still very high. Take care, be prepared, and have fun. Your Beaverhead Search and Rescue; “In the Business of Saving Lives”.

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