Garfield trio spends night rescuing nine

Nine people are safe and sound thanks to an all-nighter by three Garfield County rescuers Sunday night, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said.

Three men from Garfield County Search & Rescue Inc. first rescued three people who were hunting for the day and became disoriented. They called for help around 8:12 p.m. from an old cabin near the Deep Creek Canyon south rim east of Glenwood Springs.

The three — a 35-year-old man, his son and his son’s friend — called from a cell phone with global positioning system capability, enabling Vail Dispatch to pinpoint their location.

Rescuers had to cut downed trees and cope with roads muddied by overnight snow and rain before reaching the hunters around 2:30 a.m. Upon bringing them down to the Dotsero area, the rescuers were informed of another call regarding a stranded group above Glenwood Springs.

Six students from the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley Campus had decided to use a pickup to go exploring in the Hubbard Cave area around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. They got stuck in the mud after the truck’s exhaust tail pipe punctured a rear tire.

The lightly dressed students called for help just before 2 a.m. and were able to use a GPS unit to give rescuers their location.

Rescuers reached the group around 6:15 a.m. and, making two trips, had delivered all the students back to campus by 8 a.m.


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