COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho-- A Spokane County helicopter helped locate a couple stranded by a disabled vehicle Tuesday in a wooded area near Blue Creek.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a call at around 7:00 p.m. from 51-year-old Tammy Hurt reporting that she was stranded in a disabled vehicle with a passenger, 46-year-old John Paremsky according to officials.
Police traced the call to the intersection of Borley Road and Timothy Lane, but were unable to find the couple after an extensive search of the area.
The Sheriff’s office enlisted resources from the Recreation Safety Section, Volunteer Search and Rescue Unity and Spokane County Air 1 to assist in the search due to low temperatures according to deputies.
Police said the Air 1 helicopter used cell phone data to locate a possible stranded vehicle and guide searchers toward it.
Rescuers found Paremsky and Hurt early on Wednesday morning about 100 yards down an embankment from Borley Road according to police. Officials said they were in good physical condition and did not require medical attention.
The occupants said they got stuck in the embankment after trying to turn around in approximately two feet of snow.
The Kootenai county Sheriff’s Office reminded travelers to be prepared with warm clothing, extra food, water and charged cell phones when venturing into wooded areas. Deputies said it is important to always notify someone else of destination and return plans when traveling.