(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sheriff’s Search and Rescue were sent to the North end of Gallatin County this morning to rescue two local men that spent the night in single digit temperatures. At 7:00 this morning the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 19 year old Gallatin Valley man who stated he and a friend were stuck on 16 mile road and had spend the night there. Sixteen Mile Road is the furthest north county road and goes from Maudlow to Ringling. This road is often impassable due to snow drifts or muddy conditions. The area has virtually no cell service and no full time winter residents. Volunteer Rescuers equipped with snowmobiles and 4×4 trucks reached the area at 9:30. They found the two men cold but otherwise uninjured and gave them a ride back to the valley. They stated they started the drive Sunday afternoon about 3:00. They were doing ok until the storm hit and dropped visibility to the point where they ran into a snowdrift and became stuck. They had to run the motor to stay warm with the single digit temperatures and strong winds but they ran out of gas about 5:00 this morning. This morning one of the men walked between 3 and 4 miles and found a high spot where he was able to make a 911 call which routed to White Sulphur Springs.
Sheriff Gootkin reminds people that staying with your car in the winter increases your chances of survival. Run the motor sparingly and be sure to keep the tail pipe clear of obstruction so carbon monoxide doesn’t build up in the cab.