Iron County rescuers respond to 2 separate incidents of trappers stuck in snow

Iron County Search and Rescue personnel deploy snowmobiles to help rescue a stranded trapper, Iron County, Utah, Jan. 25, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George News / Cedar City News

IRON COUNTY — Iron County rescue personnel successfully rescued stranded trappers in two separate incidents a few hours apart late Thursday and early Friday.

Lt. Del Schlosser of Iron County Sheriff’s Office said the first incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, when dispatch was notified of two individuals who had gotten stuck while checking animal traps in the Upper Bear Valley area, just south of state Route 20.

“They became stuck and called their family. They were able to get out but later ran out of fuel,” Schlosser said. “Deputies responded to the area and were able to take fuel into them and they were able to drive out.”

In an unrelated incident a few hours later, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday, another individual who was checking traps in the same general area a few miles away also reported they had gotten stuck in the snow, Schlosser said, adding that the stranded person was able to send a text to family members to tell them they were headed to a nearby cabin.

Iron County Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene, and with the help of snowmobiles, were able to reach both the cabin and the vehicle. The rescued person and vehicle were able to leave the area at approximately 5 a.m., Schlosser said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Just Guessin January 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Their licenses should be revoked for life for not being prepared to deal with mother nature period.

  • Comment January 26, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Myself, I’m pretty disgusted with “trappers” lately. Leave them up there to freeze with their trapped animals as far as I’m concerned.

  • Real Life January 26, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Not against hunting. But trapping is just plain barbaric and wrong. I don’t feel bad for them.

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