Cache County family rescued from cold, snowy backcountry
Cache County Search and Rescue crews were able to locate and save a family of six stranded in the cold and snow of the mountains above Logan Canyon.
Sheriff Lynn Nelson said Chris Kaae, his wife Natalie and their four children, ages five months, 2, 6 and 8 years old, were turkey hunting Monday when their vehicle broke down about 12 miles north of the Hardware Ranch area.
The family, initially without cellphone service, began to hike out but soon ran into deep snow. The Kaaes eventually were able to make a call to 911, but by then were confused about their location.
Using what details the family could provide, along with a GPS ping of the cellphone, authorities were able to narrow down the search area and five teams, totaling 20 personnel, were dispatched on snowmobiles and snowsleds.
The family was located about 10:30 p.m. Monday, after about six hours of being exposed to the elements and dropping temperatures.
Nelson said the mother, infant and 2-year-old were brought out on a snowsled while the father and the two other children were rescued by snowmobiles.
The family was medically evaluated at the Sinks parking lot before being transported to Logan. No serious injuries were reported.