Search and rescue ongoing at Keyhole
December 15, 2022
Search and rescue crews from the Crook County Sheriff's Office continue to search for two men who were reported missing last night at Keyhole State Park.
The Sheriff's Office received a call on December 15 at around 9:10 p.m. that a male subject had fallen through the ice while driving his UTV on the reservoir. Dispatch spoke to the subject on the phone, who said he had made it out of the water and was lying on the ice.
Pine Haven Fire and EMS were paged and arrived at approximately the same time as three local citizens, who drove a UTV onto the ice. Witnesses stated they lost sight of the UTV as it went out across the reservoir.
The original subject and a second person were located and removed from the ice by the Sheriff's Office, Keyhole State Park, Pine Haven Fire and EMS, Moorcroft Fire and EMS and Wyoming Game & Fish. The second person is believed to have been one of the people on the second UTV.
The second UTV is believed to have driven into open water and the other two male individuals were not located.
The two rescued men were taken by ambulance to Campbell County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Search & Rescue operations were suspended at 11 p.m. due to the gusting wind and snow, poor visibility and frigid temperatures.
At around 7:30 a.m. today, the missions resumed. Sheriff's Office ice rescue units walked to the area the UTV is suspected to have headed, where they found a substantial area of open water.
Search & Rescue could not locate the missing individuals, but found evidence of a possible entry point where the UTV entered the water.
More resources and equipment have been requested by Crook County Homeland Security to continue the search.