CLALLAM COUNTY – There’s a happy ending to our story yesterday about the search-and-rescue operation in the hills of the Olympic National Forest south of Sequim.

Deputy Brian King reports the three young adults who had been trapped in about 3 feet of snow since 11:00 am Wednesday after their pickup got stuck in the snow at about 2800 feet are safe at home thanks to a team of volunteers and their 4-wheel drive vehicles known as The Top Shelf Wheelers.

“So about three o’clock yesterday a 4×4 Club out of Jefferson County made their way up to the Toyota and the three stranded individuals and were able to dig them out and escort them out. And so they ended up not coming down the Clallam County side of the mountain, but actually the Jefferson County side of the mountain. They were warm, they had plenty of gas, even enough fuel left in the vehicle to drive off the mountain and now they’re home safely.”