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Tue November 16, 2010
Lost Snowmobilers Discovered
By Molly Messick
LARAMIE, wyo – Two snowmobilers, at least one of them from Colorado, have been found in southern Wyoming's Snowy Range. Rescuers began searching for the men yesterday, after they failed to return from a trip on Sunday. Lieutenant Michael Garcia oversees search and rescue operations for the Albany County Sheriff's Department. He says one of the men may be in the early stages of hypothermia, but they appear to be okay otherwise. Garcia reminds snowmobilers heading out into the mountains that it's important to give friends or family members a lot of information before leaving
"First and foremost is let people know where you're going, where you're going to be, what time you're expecting to be back," says Garcia. "It's very difficult on us when people come up here and just take off and when the family calls us to say, 'they're somewhere in Snowy Range.' Snowy Range Mountain is a very large area."
Garcia also recommends that snowmobilers go prepared to spend a night or two outdoors, in case they get lost or break down. He says that in a typical winter local rescuers are out searching for lost snowmobilers once or twice a week. This is the first two-day search of this season.