AVERY, Idaho -- A helicopter crew plucked a hunter and his 14-year-old daughter from a mountainous and remote area of northern Idaho Thursday morning after the pair had been missing for three days following a snowstorm.
A spokesman at the Fairchild Air Force Base's 36th Rescue Flight in Spokane, Wash., says 37-year-old Matthew Gering and his daughter, Kia, of Post Falls had no injuries when they were hoisted to the helicopter in a basket and flown to a command post in Avery, Idaho.
Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski says the two were rescued in a rugged area where two feet of snow had fallen Monday night.
Authorities say Gering and his daughter went hunting Monday and were supposed to contact relatives in Post Falls that evening but did not.
The two ended up spending three night in freezing conditions. At the search command center in St. Maries, rescue crews and the family refused to give up hope even as the temperatures dropped.
"Part of me was trying to stay calm, but definitely I was concerned," said April Lyons, Gearing's fiance.
Thirty people headed out in planes, snowmobiles, and on foot Wednesday morning, but couldn’t find the pair. The 36th flight rescue squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base joined the search Thursday morning and found the pair safe.