N.M. man spends night stranded in wilderness
July 6, 2006
A New Mexico man was rescued near Avalanche Creek Thursday, after spending at least one night in the wilderness.The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a search started Wednesday after Kerry Garcia of Albuquerque was reported missing by his wife.He was apparently in the area over the holiday weekend to scope out a hunting camp for later this year. Joe DiSalvo of the sheriff’s office said the search was unsuccessful in its first day, but rescuers found the man after more people and resources were brought in. “We searched all last night and doubled the number of people working today,” DiSalvo said.Rescuers found Garcia after hearing his cries for help. He was stuck in the cliffs above a tributary of Avalanche Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Avalanche Creek is off Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone.He was apparently caught in a place where he could neither climb any higher nor go back down the way he came.DiSalvo said a helicopter was part of the search-and-rescue operation.Carbondale fire department ambulance personnel examined Garcia and released him to his family Thursday.