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Rifle – Stranded snowmobilers safe after cold night in backcountry

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

RIFLE – Three stranded snowmobilers are safe after spending a night in sub-zero temperatures in an area north of Rifle.

A 30-year-old male, his girlfriend, and her juvenile daughter, presumed to be from Rifle, became stranded mid-day Sunday, after getting one of the snowmobiles stuck in an are known as Deep Creek, according to Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc. officials. The names of the individuals were not released as of Monday afternoon.

Search and Rescue teams were notified about 4 p.m. Sunday of the stranded riders, but efforts were suspended late Sunday night before the riders were found.

However, the stranded party was found just before midnight by a five-member crew of family and friends, according to Lanny Grant with Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc. The entire group stayed the night before heading back to the parking area Monday morning.

“It was a good outcome, but had the potential to be more serious,” Grant said.

Grant said that the stranded riders and the makeshift rescue crew made their way out Monday morning about 7 a.m. as rescuers were resuming operations for the day.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Post Independent, and on Post Independent.com.

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