Butte search & rescue team rescues man after 15 hours

SILVER BOW COUNTY

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
POSTED: 3:22 PM Sep 27 2013   UPDATED: 6:27 PM Sep 27 2013
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BUTTE, Mont. -

A Missoula man was rescued from a hunting trip gone wrong Thursday evening, after Butte's 15-90 Search and Rescue team spent almost 15 hours trying to reach him.

The 57-year-old man was hunting near the Feeley Exit, in the Jerry Creek Drainage area.

Butte-Silver Bow police received a call from the man's brother Wednesday evening saying the family hadn't heard from him.

Police couldn't reach the area because of heavy snow and fallen trees blocking the road, so they called the volunteer search and rescue team.

Search and rescue began looking for the man at 6 a.m. Thursday, and finally reached the man around 8:30 Thursday night.

The man suffered no major injuries because he took shelter in his vehicle and at his campsite.

Police said the man had been caught in the uncommon amount of snowfall, and was not able to get out.