Two hikers and their dogs were rescued Monday night on the Hell’s Half Acre lava trail after severe weather set in and prevented them from completing the loop trail.
“Before their cell phone died, they were able to make contact with a relative out of state and give them coordinates to aid search teams,” the Bonneville County Sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Several deputies and about nine volunteer search and rescue people responded to the area about 20 miles west of Idaho Falls in blowing wind and snowy conditions to search for the two out-of-state hikers and their two dogs. The hikers were located within a few hours and were treated for hypothermia by Idaho Falls ambulance and not transported to a medical facility.
The sheriff’s department said the windchill was about 12 degrees and winds were blowing at 40 to 50 mph.
“It was a great chance to make sure our winter packs were ready,” Bonneville County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue noted on its Facebook page of the operation.
“Always take a moment to plan for weather and emergencies in the outdoors, let your loved ones know where you are going and when you expect to return,” the sheriff’s office said.