Zachary Felton, a 24-year-old man from Laguna Hills, California, was seriously injured when he fell approximately 50 feet in the cave. He received multiple open fractures and other trauma.
Wasatch County sent a team of four SAR members and played a primary role in rescuing Felton, as well as two others who were uninjured. Felton was transported by medical helicopter to a Wasatch Front hospital in critical condition.
The Wasatch County SAR Team works hard to maintain a number of specialty teams, including high angle, swift water, dive team, sonar boat searches, winter condition rescue and mountainous terrain rescue. They are one of the most versatile SAR Teams in Utah and are called upon by other SAR Teams throughout the state. On average, Wasatch SAR responds to five calls a month, each takes about four hours to complete. Some are prolonged missions lasting days - they spent 10 hours in the Little Brushcreek Cave.
Many of the Wasatch SAR members own and operate their own businesses and when they respond to SAR calls they do at real personal cost. Others have kind and supportive employers that allow them flexibility with SAR calls.
“We appreciate our SAR members for their expertise and hard work; also for their families’ patience and sacrifices!.” said Deputy Sheriff Jared Rigby of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department.