Early Morning Rescue Mission For Garrett Hunter Successful


At approximately 7:30am this morning, the contract Sublette County Helicopter along with a TipTop search member deployed to the area where Garrett Hunter was found. Garrett was located last night just after 10pm. Due to difficult mountainous terrain it took time to find a suitable landing zone. Once the helicopter found a place to land, Garrett was extracted from the Junction Lake area along with the four-volunteer search member’s that had stayed with him overnight. They were all flown to the Pinedale Ralph Wenz field airport were Garrett was reunited with his parents who were anxiously awaiting his safe return.

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Garrett was in good health and great spirit upon his arrival back to Pinedale. Garrett described his experience to search members and stuck to what he had been trained to do. He found a safe ledge near Junction Lake and remained there knowing that searchers were out looking for him. Garrett recalled spotting a helicopter Sunday afternoon.

It is at times like this when people band together with one goal in mind that incredible things can happen. Everyone involved set out to find Garrett safe and return him to family friends and loved ones.

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We would like to thank TipTop Search and Rescue, Teton County Search and Rescue, Fremont County Search and Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, WYK9, Civil Air Patrol, Davis County Utah Search and Rescue, the State of Wyoming, and the State of Utah for their support and assistance in this search. Respectively we would also like to recognize the overwhelming support by the Hunter’s family, friends, and church members. In addition, we would like to acknowledge all the citizens that helped us reach this outcome.

The Hunter Family wishes to extend their deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone involved and everyone who provided support as well.