Missing snowmobiler found safe spent night near trio of wolves



Posted on March 22, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 2:05 AM

ELMORE COUNTY -- The snowmobiler who went missing in Elmore County Sunday was found alive and well Tuesday morning.

Col. Tim Marsano with the Idaho Air National Guard said they found 54-year-old Craig Noll of Boise during a helicopter search shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The man had been missing in the Bennett Mountain area, about 30 miles northeast of Mountain Home, since Sunday afternoon.

KTVB's Natalie Podgorski spoke with Craig Noll at the base camp Tuesday while he was warming up after his rescue.

Noll said at one point on Sunday, one of his snowmobiler friends decided to take a different route.  Shortly after that, the visibility was so low, Noll said he turned around and realized he couldn't see the other snowmobiler that was still with him.  When he turned around, his snowmobile became stuck. 

He was able to get his snowmobile back up and running, but while he was searching for his friend, it became stuck again.  This time, he wasn't able to get going again. 

Noll built a shelter in a tree well using pine branches.  He said Monday night, he could see and hear three wolves just a few yards away from where his shelter was built.

This morning, he began walking to find help and that's when he heard the search helicopter. 

Noll was airlifted to safety and was taken to the search base camp with no signs of injury.

He is now being evaluated by crews on the scene.

We will hear more from Noll about his rescue later today.

Keep checking KTVB.COM for the latest.