today is Oct 01, 2022

Credit: Chris Leigh TCSAR.

Teton County Search and Rescue were called out for a rescue on Sunday after two Michigan men illegally rode their snowmobiles into a clearly marked wilderness area and became stranded on the backside of Wyoming’s Angle Mountain. Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that the same search and rescue crews were called back again on Wednesday to rescue the same two men who had become stranded again after being allowed by the Bridger-Teton National Forest to snowshoe in and assist a helicopter they had privately contracted to recover their snowmobiles.

Imagine the look on the Search and Rescue team’s faces when they got to the stranded men only to realize they had just rescued them three days ago.  

Ryan Gibson, 29, and Keegan Pertu, 30, were apparently unable to exit the steep drainage both times, Jackson Hole News and Guide reports. 

“They should’ve never been in there.” Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr told the Jackson Hole Daily on Thursday.

Both of the Michigan men, who may not have understood the wilderness rules according to Carr, were issued citations for illegally trespassing on protected lands.