On 12/15/22 at approximately 9:10 PM the Crook County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that a male subject had fallen through the ice while driving his UTV on Keyhole Reservoir. The 911 center was on the phone with the male subject who stated that he had made it out of the water and was laying on the ice. Pine Haven Fire and EMS service were paged and arrived on scene. At approximately the same time three local citizens arrived on scene and drove a UTV onto the ice. Witnesses stated that they lost sight of the UTV as it went out across the reservoir.
Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Keyhole State Park, Pine Haven Fire and EMS, Moorcroft Fire and EMS and the Wyoming Game and Fish managed to locate and remove the originating subject from the ice. A second individual was also located and removed from the ice. Information was obtained that the second individual was one of the three individuals on the second UTV and that they had driven into open water. The other two male individuals in the UTV were not located.
Both males that were rescued were transported by ambulance to Campbell County Memorial Hospital to receive medical treatment.
Due to 40-50 mile per hour gusting wind and snow, poor visibility and frigid temperatures, SAR missions were suspended at approximately 11:00 PM until the morning of 12/16/22 due to safety.
At approximately 7:30 A:M: 12/16/2022 search and rescue missions resumed. Crook County Sheriff’s Office ice rescue units entered and walked to the suspected area the UTV with the remaining two male subjects were last observed heading. There was a substantial area of open water in this area, SAR units were unable to locate any of the missing individuals in the area but were able to find evidence of a possible entry point the UTV entered the water.
As of 10:00 A:M, December 16, more equipment and resources have been requested by Crook County Homeland Security to continue the mission.