E. Idaho snowmobiler rescued after night in snow cave

PRESTON, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho snowmobiler separated from his group during a blizzard and lost in the backcountry for more than 24 hours has been rescued after taking shelter in a snow cave.

Franklin County Sheriff David Fryar says searchers found 20-year-old Kacey Hebdon of Preston at about 5 p.m. Monday.

After becoming lost on Sunday, Hebdon used his cellphone to call for help but didn’t know his location. Blizzard conditions forced rescuers to put the search on hold at 1 a.m. Monday.

Hebdon tried to light a tree on fire but his snowmobile burned up. He spent the night in a snow cave.

On Monday, three friends found his tracks and followed them to the snow cave.

Fryar said Hebdon’s toes might be frostbitten but he is otherwise OK.

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