UPDATE: Missing snowmobile riders from South Dakota rescued

LARAMIE, WY - UPDATE THURSDAY 6:30 AM:

Authorities say four snowmobilers from South Dakota who were missing in Wyoming have been rescued.

According to the Carbon County Sheriff's Office, Jeremiah Christensen, Zachary Christensen, Jim Bruining and a 16-year-old are all safe.

The four were reported lost or overdue on Sunday around 6 p.m. after they did not check out of their hotel.

The Carbon County Sheriff's Office tells KSFY News the group got lost in whiteout conditions and rough terrain last week.

After three days of recovery efforts, crews were able to rescue the four by using snow shoes after spotting them from a helicopter.

They survived by rationing food, having a fire, melting snow for water and building a shelter from snow, log poles and pine boughs, the sheriff's office said.

They are now on their way back to South Dakota uninjured.

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UPDATE:

Authorities have identified the four missing snowmobile riders from South Dakota who have been found safe in Wyoming.

According to the Carbon County Sheriff's Office, authorities located 43-year-old Jeremiah Christensen, 22-year-old Zachary Christensen, 53-year-old Jim Bruining and a 16 year old on Wednesday around 11:45 a.m.

The four were reported lost or overdue on Sunday after they did not return to the Green Rock Parking area. They were last seen at the Quealy Warming Hut on Saturday.

Search and rescue crews were able to locate the group and drop them supplies.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Four missing snowmobile riders have been found safe in southern Wyoming.

The Albany County Sheriff's Department says a search helicopter spotted the four men from South Dakota Tuesday afternoon and they all appeared to be in good condition.

The helicopter wasn't able to land in the rugged area of neighboring Carbon County and ground searchers weren't able to reach them by nightfall. The pilots dropped some supplies along with a note telling the men that help was on the way and asking them to remain there.

Searchers plan to rescue them Wednesday.

The sheriff's department was notified that they were missing Sunday after they failed to check out of their lodge in Albany as planned.

The search area was very large because it wasn't known exactly where they planned to go.

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