Rescuers find snowmobilers

Crews called to Harrison Creek drainage in southeastern Routt county

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— Routt County Search and Rescue crews located two lost and stuck snowmobilers in southeastern Routt County at about 4:40 p.m., and were working on a plan to get them back to safety.

The two men in their 20s - one from Milner, one from Illinois - met on Rabbit Ears Pass earlier today and decided to snowmobile together, Search and Rescue incident commander Russ Sanford said. The two men got lost in the Harrison Creek drainage, just south of Walton Peak, and called for help at about 12:30 p.m.

Search and Rescue tried to guide them back out using GPS coordinates from one of their cell phones, but the two men ended up getting their snowmobiles stuck and needing assistance on the ground, Sanford said.

A team of three snowmobilers reached the two men, who were uninjured, at about 4:40 p.m. The two Search and Rescue members were assisted by Jason Cobb, co-owner of Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, who knows the area very well, Sanford said.

The lost men had some basic supplies on them, and had been able to build a fire to keep warm and dry off while they waited for help, Sanford said.

The crew was still working early this evening on how to get the snowmobilers back out, however. If the snowmobile team couldn't get them unstuck, a snowshoe team was poised to go in and hike them out, Sanford said. >

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