Honeyville Teens Rescued from Mountain
Two teens’ spring vacation turned into near tragedy after they ended up spending most of Friday stranded on the mountain above Honeyville. Box Elder County Search and Rescue, as well as LifeFlight, was called in to recover the two 15-year-olds, both of Honeyville.
The pair left for a hike up the mountain above what is called Cold Water about 9:30 a.m., according to Troy McNeely of the Honeyville Fire Department. After reaching the snow-covered peak, the two, who were not dressed for the colder weather, became disoriented and began to suffer from hypothermia. One of the hikers also lost a shoe in the snow.
McNeely said one of the boys was able to contact his family with his cell phone. The family, in turn, called the Sheriff’s Department who dispatched Search and Rescue. The helicopter was brought in to help locate the lost hikers.
After the two were spotted from the air, Search and Rescue members were lowered to their location to help move the boys to an area where LifeFlight could pick them up. The helicopter transported them back to Honeyville where local EMTs examined the teens before releasing them to their parents about 6:30 p.m.
McNeely said neither teen was prepared at all for their hiking trip. One boy did have a jacket with him, but both were only wearing tennis shoes. He cautioned those who intend to make a trek into the mountains to “plan for the worst” and be prepared for any situation.