Air One Helps In Mountain Searches - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Air One Helps In Mountain Searches

SPOKANE, Wash. - The sheriff's helicopter aided in a pair of searches in snowy Mount Spokane Park Sunday afternoon, and found missing snowmobilers only 10 minutes into the search.

The Air One team was paged at 3:37 p.m. Sunday to help find missing snowmobile riders and was on the way at 4:40 p.m. with volunteer pilot Don Kresse and Technical Flight Officers Brandon Armstrong and Scott Bonney.

At 4:50 p.m., the team was alerted that there also were four missing snowshoers somewhere on the mountain.  They began searching an area based on coordinates obtained from the missing group's cell phone,  but were asked to clear the area when the noise of the helicopter hampered ground searchers in the area.

The teams on the ground then located the group and safely removed them from the mountain.

The Air One team moved to the snowmobile parking lot to confirm the missing person's truck was still there.  From the lot, the team followed tracks in the snow to Mt. Kit Carson where they saw one snowmobile partially buried in snow.

They moved on and found the missing riders and two machines on the south face of the mountain at 5:21 p.m.  Total time for the snowmobile search was 10 minutes from the parking lot.

Air One is staffed by volunteer pilots and flight crews of trained Spokane County Sheriff's deputies.  The team has assisted in scores of searches and located numerous missing or lost persons over the past several years.

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