Twin Falls snowmobiler rescued after surviving two nights in frigid elements
After two full nights stranded near the Magic Mountain area, a Twin Falls man was found alive.
The missing man, Brad Craig, 43, was spotted by the Twin Falls and Cassia Search and Rescue teams this afternoon. Michelle Costa was the only reporter on scene when he was brought back to safety.
Craig spent two nights out in the freezing cold, but surprisingly, he was well aware of what was going on when they found him today.
For Brad Craig's family and friends, it was a reunion unlike any other. A man who survived for two nights and two days alone in the hills, in the dangers of winter, walked into the command center on his own. In fact, Craig told rescuers he didn't even want the rescue sled to bring him back to safety.
Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Lt. Daron Brown said, "We're feeling a lot of relief. It's nice to make sure they come in safe."
Brown was in charge of the operation. He explains that seeing Craig in that good of condition wasn't expected. Brown said, "It's great. He still has the use of his lower extremities. It's a good indication he still has blood circulating. He was able to take care of himself in cold weather."
But earlier, things were tense, as snowmobilers, snowshoers and even a Snow CAT scoured the hills. Rescuers looked over a map of the one thousand square mile area Craig could have gone: the red lines were trails they'd already checked.
Scott Glick, with the Twin Falls Co. Sheriff’s office said, "Going over them again. Going off trails and looking for any signs of any tracks off trails that we are following."
Snowmobiles can weigh up to 500 pounds which is why Craig got stuck, and it was very hard for him to get out. He was found about 3 miles from where the command center was at: at F.S Flatts."
Adding more rescuers to their team, and not giving up, was a tactic that obviously worked. Brown said, "You can't give up. The process does work."
But for Craig and his family, it's a scary reminder to never snowmobile alone.