Officials conduct two-day search for missing hunter

A Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter kicks up snow as it lands in the Twin Lakes area last week. Several agencies worked to find a hunter who didn’t return to his camp the night of Wednesday, Oct. 25. The hunter was later found safe following a two-day rescue effort. (COURTESY PHOTO/Lincoln County Search and Rescue)

Man found safe near Blue Jay

Lincoln County Search and Rescue was involved with a two-day search last week, beginning the early morning of Thursday, Oct. 26, after a hunter didn’t return to camp the night of Oct. 25, in the area of Twin lakes.

“The storm that rolled through [during] the night, while the hunter was missing, brought frigid temps and around 12 inches of snow in the area,” reads a Facebook post by Lincoln County Search snd Rescue. “This made it difficult for the man-tracking teams while the storm was ongoing and after the storm settled down.”

Neighboring agencies stepped up to help during the search.

“We had our friends from up north assist in the search,” the post continues, “Star Valley Search & Rescue ground teams and Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter team and ground team. Teton County Search and Rescue was able to bring their brand new helicopter to the search, which helped substantially on canvassing the area.”

The post indicates the hunter was able to “self rescue and found a camp down in Blue Jay with people present.”

“This is a miracle the hunter was able to withstand all of mother nature’s elements she was throwing at him and having very little resources,” the post continues. “That’s why it is very important to be prepared and have good survival instincts when [you’re] in the back country. We would like to thank everyone that was involved and contributing to this positive outcome!”

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