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Jan 29, 2013 6:30 AM by Irina Cates - MTN News

Seeley Lake snowmobilers found after night long search

SEELEY LAKE - Rescuers worked through the night searching for a father and son reported missing after they didn't return home on time from a snowmobiling trip.

The two Helena men were snowmobiling in an area off Boys Scout Road when one of their snowmobiles got stuck. The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says the two were prepared.

"They were able to spend the night and survive fairly comfortably, a little bit cold, but it wasn't too bad. If they hadn't been prepared, it would have been a whole different story," explained Missoula County Sheriff's Office Deputy Bob Parcell.

The call for help came in around 11:30 p.m. Sunday for two overdue snowmobilers believed to be out riding in the Seeley Lake area.

"We checked the area, found the vehicle that they had come in," Parcell said.

Seeley Swan Searche and Rescue crews started looking for the 49-year-old man and his 19-year-old son, and later asked the Missoula County Search and Rescue for help.

"We started to do various loops and so on to see if we could isolate where these people might be," said Parcell.

The men were snowmobiling in a steep canyon when a snowmobile got stuck. "One of their snowmobiles fell through a creek and really got stuck," said Parcell.

The men decided to stay the night and in the morning they started walking out the Marshall Canyon area, where rescuers found them.

Flathead Search and Rescue came out with its helicopter, picked up the two stranded men, and brought them to safety.


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