On February 21, 2014, personnel from Gallatin County Sheriffs SAR, the West Yellowstone Division and the U.S. Forest Service resumed the search for four lost snowmobilers in the West Yellowstone area.
On February 20th, a group of snowmobilers reported that they were lost and their snowmobiles were stuck. GPS coordinates revealed that they were in the West Fork of Cream Creek, which is southwest of West Yellowstone. A highly experienced search team worked hard during the night through severe weather conditions and dangerous terrain but was unable to get to the lost party.
The weather conditions were much better on the morning of February 21st. The search team left West Yellowstone at 8:20 a.m. and had located the lost snowmobilers within forty minutes. The lost party consisted of a 27-year-old male from Bruce, Wisconsin, a 28-year-old male who was also from Bruce, Wisconsin, a 30-year-old male from Sheldon, Wisconsin, and a 23-year-old male from Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin. The men were in good condition and did not require medical attention. For over an hour, the search team worked at digging out the group’s stuck snowmobiles and riding them out of a steep canyon. Once all of the snowmobiles were at a safe location, the entire group rode back to West Yellowstone.