CODY (WNE) —An evening gathering in Badger Basin resulted in a possible life-saving rescue by Park County deputies who’d spent almost five hours on the scene to ensure the many partygoers were OK.

According to a sheriff’s office release, on the night of May 7, deputies became suspicious that a party involving alcohol was being held in the hills of Badger Basin off of WYO 294. When the deputies arrived, they noticed a large bonfire with numerous people standing around it.

When everyone saw the patrol vehicles, many ran off into the hills. Those who stayed were interviewed and citations were issued if they were underage and under the influence of alcohol.

Once that group was managed and safe rides home were arranged, the deputies agreed to search for those who had run away. 

The temperature that night dropped into the 30s. In the high desert, people can succumb to hypothermia in temperatures as high as 60-70 degrees, according to the release.

Over the course of the next hour and a half, deputies walked over three miles around the base of the hills but were not able to find anyone. From there, they climbed to the top of one of the hills for a better vantage point. While on top, one of the deputies observed a male who appeared to have fallen in the small ravine.

When the deputies reached him, they discovered that he was unresponsive and suffering from the beginning stages of hypothermia. They requested Powell Valley Hospital ambulance for assistance. 

The male, whose breath test showed a .308% blood alcohol content, was subsequently arrested for being a minor under the influence of alcohol.

Deputies reported that all of the minors were safe and accounted for.

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