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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.