ST. GEORGE — Members of the Iron County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team were called out Sunday night to an area where an early snowstorm had stranded some hunters.
Iron County Sheriff’s Lt. Del Schlosser said the county search and rescue team was sent to the Miners Peak area where a storm had dropped a large amount of snow in the mountains.
The heavy snow, coupled with the wind, created large snow drifts on area roads, closing them down. That, coupled with the hunters experiencing mechanical issues with their truck, resulted them calling authorities for aid.
While the hunters involved in the incident were experienced being on the mountain, Schlosser said, the early snowstorm caught them by surprise.
“This time of year we’ll end up with a few early storms,” he said.
Search and rescue teams members were able to access the area on snowmobiles and retrieved the stranded hunters. Though the truck was originally left behind, it was recovered Tuesday morning.
“People going into the back county need to be prepared,” Schlosser said, adding those who get stranded also need to remember to stay with their vehicles like the hunters did. Doing so enables responders to get to them faster.
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