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The Latest: Rangers cite stranded snowmobilers in Wyoming

February 27, 2019

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on three snowmobilers stranded in the backcountry of northwest Wyoming (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Three men stranded in the backcountry of northwest Wyoming during a powerful snowstorm have been cited for snowmobiling in a wilderness area.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the Denver men got stuck Monday on Togwotee (TOH-guh-tee) Pass northeast of Jackson and spent the night. A search and rescue team reached the men Tuesday afternoon, and they were taken to a nearby lodge.

No injuries were reported.

Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr says backcountry users should be cautious because search and rescue resources are limited, adding “we were fortunate that this was the only incident that required attention today.”

The men could be fined up to $5,000 and face up to six months in jail.

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4:40 p.m.

A search and rescue team has reached three snowmobilers stranded in the backcountry of northwest Wyoming where a relentless snowstorm continues to dump heavy snow.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office says the snowmobilers from Denver got stranded Monday on Togwotee (TOH-guh-tee) Pass northeast of Jackson where they spent the night.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that rescuers reached the group late Tuesday afternoon after spending hours trying to get to them on snowmobiles and finally on skis.

The three were unhurt.

Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr says the three went down a hill that they couldn’t get back up. He says once rescuers got near the area on snowmobiles they could reach the three only by skiing down the hill.

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3:30 p.m.

A search and rescue team is attempting to reach three snowmobilers stranded in the backcountry of northwest Wyoming where a relentless snowstorm continues to dump heavy snow.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office says the snowmobilers from Denver got stranded Monday on Togwotee (TOH-guh-tee) Pass northeast of Jackson.

The three were unhurt and in contact with rescuers, but their location and the ongoing snowstorm hampered rescue efforts.

Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that it could take more than a day to retrieve the three, who have food and are prepared to withstand the snowy weather.

Carr says the three went down a hill that they couldn’t get back up. He says rescuers can only reach them by skiing down the hill.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com