Chopper footage shows lost snowmobilers Mt. Spokane



Posted on February 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 28 at 7:22 PM

MT. SPOKANE—Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputies and volunteer search and rescue personnel rescued 2 snowmobilers lost on Mt. Spokane.

The pair called a friend around 3:00 p.m. Monday and told him they were lost. 

The Sheriff’s Office search and rescue personnel eventually contacted the pair by cell phone, but they were unable to provide their exact location.

Authorities say time was critical and that's why they launched the chopper.

Video shot from Air One, the Spokane County Sheriff's helicopter, shows dense forest on the backside of Mount Spokane.

Within minutes after take off the flight crew found the two lost snowmobilers.

The two males were cold and showed signs of hypothermia.  One was transported to a local hospital.
Officials say it appears the two were riding out of bounds and got their snowmobiles stuck in the snow.

We're told they tried to walk out, but eventually called for help.
Video footage shows one of the men trying to dig what authorities say appears to be a shelter.
Air One radioed the men's position to a ground team of rescue volunteers.

Authorities say with the extremely cold temperatures, this situation could have ended badly if they had not been located so quickly.