3 searches conducted in Routt County Sunday all were successful


Routt County Search and Rescue conducted three searches Sunday in Routt County. All the searches were successful as all lost people were located and returned safely, with minimal injuries.

Spokeswoman Dawn Alperti said Search and Rescue got a call at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday for a male snowboarder near the north fork of Fish Creek. Rescuers on snowshoes and skis went into the area, Alperti said, located the man and escorted him out safely.

Also Sunday afternoon, she said, a Steamboat Springs man and his daughter became lost in the Dumont Lake area on Rabbit Ears Pass during a snowmobile trip to find a Christmas tree. The pair located an outhouse and awaited rescuers, said Alperti, who was the incident commander for that rescue. Steamboat Snowmobile Tours assisted in locating the pair and returning them to their vehicle, she said.

Finally, rescuers received a call at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday for two, 55-year-old Steamboat residents who were snowshoeing on Soda Creek Trail in the Buffalo Pass area and became lost. The residents called for help themselves and rescuers maintained sporadic cell phone contact with them until finding the pair after 9 p.m. Sunday.

Search and Rescue President Russ Sanford said the pair made a fire while awaiting rescuers and were cold and thirsty when found, but otherwise were fine.

Rescuers were leading the two out of the area late Sunday night.

“It was a busy day,” Sanford said.


Kevin Nerney 6 years, 4 months ago

Thanks to all who assisted in helping us find our way out of the storm, up on Rabbit Ears on Sunday afternoon. Yes, I'm the dumbass who got turned around and lost my bearings in the fog, wind and snow. It gets pretty sketchy when you can't see more then 50 yds. Shelby (911 dispatcher) Dawn (search and rescue) and Jason(steamboat snowmobile tours) were all very professional and deserve more than an Atta-Boy. For the rest of you remember that nature is a mother and be sure to be prepared for the worst case scenario.


Scott Ford 6 years, 4 months ago

Kevin - You did the right thing! Good for you! You are not a dumbass.

Your smartest decision was to understand that you needed help - swallowed a wee-bit of pride and asked for it. You could have just as easily tried to guess your way out of the situation and run the risk of making it far worse.

This all ended well with a story that I am sure will be re-told by your daughter for years to come.

I am glad you are safe.


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