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Air One Locates Lost Snowmobilers On Mt. Spokane

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -
Spokane County Sheriff's Department Press Release:

Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies and volunteer search and rescue personnel responded to help locate 2 snowmobilers who became stuck and lost on the backside of Mt. Spokane. 
 
The incident was reported to 911 just after 3:00 p.m. this afternoon after the victims called a friend and told him they were lost.  Sheriff's Office search and rescue personnel were able to contact them by cell phone but they were unable to provide their exact location.  With the cold temperatures and nightfall just a few hours away, Air 1 was launched to aid search and rescue volunteers as they began the search.
 
The victims provided Deputy Thad Schultz with sign information from the trail they were walking on which helped narrow the search area.   Once on scene, Air 1 located the pair within minutes.  Air 1 provided GPS coordinates to approximately 30 search and rescue volunteers which included members of the Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club.
 
The males were extremely cold and showed signs of hypothermia.  One needed to be transported to a local hospital and the other was treated and released at the scene.
 
It appears they were riding out of bounds and got their snowmobiles stuck in the new, heavy snow around 11:00 a.m.  They tried to walkout but eventually called and requested help.  With the extremely cold temperatures, this incident could have ended badly if they hadn't been located so quickly.  
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