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2 men rescued after stranded on mountain in freezing temperatures, helicopter froze

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Nov 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 10:19:44-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A search and rescue team has rescued two men who were stranded on a mountain in Tooele County after below-freezing temperatures caused a malfunction with their helicopter Tuesday evening.

At about 4 p.m., the men flew to the top of Flat Top Mountain on the west side of the Oquirrah mountain range to service a community tower, said Bucky Whitehouse, Tooele County Emergency Services director.

When they were ready to leave, bad weather moved in cutting visibility.

When the weather cleared enough to fly out, Whitehouse said, the pilot was unable to restart the helicopter because it had frozen up.

Whitehouse said temperatures are at 15 degrees with winds at 30 mph.

Rescue crews said they had to wait for the weather to clear to bring down the stranded men.