Missoula County Search and Rescue volunteers got well acquainted with an Idaho resident this week after rescuing him twice within a few days.
Search and Rescue volunteers went out to the Telephone Butte trail 25 miles from the Blue Mountain trailhead west of Missoula on Friday night to retrieve a pair of hunters who slid their 2003 Ford Explorer off the icy trail and got high centered.
Volunteer Chief R.J. Nelsen said that Roger Woodworth, who owned the SUV, was trying to navigate a very narrow and rough trail.
“It’s pretty treacherous,” Nelsen said. “It’s barely wide enough for ATVs.”
Search and Rescue volunteers later retrieved the stranded hunters using all-terrain vehicles Friday night.
On Monday afternoon, however, Woodworth attempted to retrieve his SUV with the help of Sparr’s Towing Service.
On the way out, the tow truck broke down, and the man had to be rescued again along with Bernie Kuhnf Jr., the tow truck driver.
“So now there’s two vehicles up there,” Nelsen said.
Nelsen added that his crew of volunteers had been awake for more than a day after having to rescue the driver and go to their day jobs in the morning.
“It’s a little frustrating,” Nelsen said.
Kuhnf Jr. said that his towing company will try to retrieve the two vehicles on Wednesday, and the stranded hunters should not have been up on that trail in the first place.
“They were two old idiots,” Kuhnf Jr. said.
Woodworth could not be reached for comment.
I'm betting that there might be some trouble collecting on that tow bill...