Men rescued in Black Hills after four hours in subzero temperatures
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. – Two men were rescued Tuesday evening after getting stuck in snow while temperatures dropped well below zero.
According to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, two hunters from Sioux Falls, aged 80 and 74, had been traveling in their 1968 Ford pickup. They got stuck in six to eight inches of snow on Six Mile Road, near Ditch Creek Road, and called for help around 4 p.m.
A Sheriff’s Deputy also got stuck trying to reach the two men, triggering the Pennington County Search and Rescue team to be called out. The men were reached about four hours later and endured temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit.
The PCSO’s SHERP all-terrain vehicle and Snow Cat were also dispatched to extract the men and allow for swift medical treatment. They both suffered from hypothermia and frostbite and were taken to Monument Health for treatment, but are expected to survive.
“The actions of our Deputies and the Pennington County Search and Rescue saved the lives of these gentlemen, as the temperatures were expected to dip even further as the night progressed. Our advice is anytime you plan on enjoying the beautiful Black Hills, have a plan you share with others and ensure you pack the supplies needed to get you through the unexpected. Heed the warnings of the National Weather Service and take them seriously,” says Lieutenant Chris Hislip of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
No injuries were incurred by responding deputies.