Three hikers were rescued on Sunday after being lost on Medicine Bow Peak for more than five hours.
Rescuers from the Laramie Fire Department and Albany County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene at 8:40 p.m., Saturday, after a member of the hiking group was able to find his way down the mountain and flag down a motorist.
After hiking for more than four hours, rescuers found the stranded individuals.
Due to cold temperatures and the condition of the hikers, rescuers decided to set up a shelter in the mountains and build a fire.
The hikers were treated for hypothermia, and were given dry clothes and heat packs.
At daybreak, the group hiked nearly one mile to Heart Lake, where they met up with Carbon County Search and Rescue.
At about 2 p.m., the hikers were air lifted to safety on a United States Air Force Rescue Helicopter.
The hikers were identified as Marla Lancaster, 29, and her son Campbell Lancaster, 4, both who recently moved from Texas to Casper, and their friend, Russell Marusak, 31, of Dallas, TX.
The father, 37-year-old Gary Lancaster, apparently returned to the Libby Flats area and flagged down a passing motorist for help. Lancaster led rescuers to his stranded family.