AMERICAN FORK — A father and son from American Fork were rescued after getting separated in the snow on a hike in Montana, authorities said.
On Tuesday evening, a woman called police in Montana to report her 12-year-old son and husband were overdue from a hiking trip in the Spanish Peaks area in Big Sky, Montana, according to a social media post from Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's deputy went searching for them.
"It was snowing hard and temperatures were below zero when the deputy was able to plow his way through snowdrifts and reach the end of the road where he thought their vehicle would be," the sheriff's office said.
At 8 p.m. the deputy found the pair's vehicle 5 miles away from U.S. 191 and dispatched search and rescue crews. Twenty snowmobilers and skiers quickly showed up to help with the urgent search, officials said.
The searchers found the boy about 10 p.m. He was "hypothermic and confused," according to sheriff's office, and rescuers rushed him to a waiting ambulance.
As he warmed up at a hospital, the boy described where he had gotten separated from his father.Comment on this story
"The boy described being able to walk on top of the snow while his father was sinking past his knees. As the boy got further ahead of his dad he eventually lost contact and became disoriented but headed in the general direction of their car," the sheriff's office said.
Searchers found the father at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday near a trail. He was also "conscious but hypothermic," officials said. Both the father and son were flown to the University of Utah Burn Center for frostbite.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said January was a busy month for its crews, with 16 search and rescue calls, but "the members of the sheriff's office are here and ready to keep this community a safe and healthy place to live."