3 missing snowmobilers found safe

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MONTE CRISTO — Three snowmobilers who were reported missing Thursday were found alive and well Friday morning by a Department of Public Safety helicopter.

The group members got lost Thursday afternoon in the Monte Cristo area and called the company that rented them the snowmobiles. That spawned a search for the trio around 10 p.m. in whiteout conditions.

"You couldn't see anywhere," said Team Commander Gary Stoker. "We went out in three teams. Some of the teams were heading north when we were supposed to be going west. One of them went south when they were supposed to be going west. Even with our GPS it was terrible conditions."

After the high trained searchers essentially searched in circles, searchers were forced to call off their efforts that evening because of bad weather. They resumed Friday morning.

The trio was found about 7:45 a.m. by the Department of Public Safety. Authorities say they had spent the night in a nearby cabin.

"They slept pretty good and it was just the initial storm that put them down and got them a little bit worried," said Brandon Toll of Weber County Sheriff's Office.

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