Agencies team up to find snowmobilers

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Routt County and Jackson County Search and Rescue personnel rescued three snowmobilers north of Buffalo Pass in the Routt National Forest Friday morning.

Alman Bate, 71, and his sons Paul Bate, 39, and Peter Bate, 34, were located and transported to a hospital after becoming stuck while snowmobiling in the Routt National Forest. The group was reported missing to the Jackson County Search and Rescue Thursday and a search was organized. The group had still not been located by Thursday night. Plans were made for Jackson County and Routt County Search and Rescue to continue searching Friday morning.

Thursday night, Paul Bate hiked approximately 2.5 miles from the area where the group got stuck and at 1:30 a.m. Friday flagged down a motorist who called for assistance. Air Life 911 flew Bate to the hospital where he was diagnosed with hypothermia and frostbite to his extremities.

The other two snowmobilers were located by search and rescue personnel and transported via snowmachine to an ambulance.

"The health and safety of the snowmobilers was the highest priority in how decisions were made to locate the group," commented Kimberley Vogel, Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears District Ranger.

More than 20 people assisted with the search and rescue including the Jackson County Sheriff, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Routt County Sheriff, Routt County Search and Rescue, Colorado State Forest, Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and the U.S. Forest Service.

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