Snowmobilers spend cold night outside near Rifle |

Snowmobilers spend cold night outside near Rifle

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colo. – Three stranded snowmobilers are safe after spending Sunday night outside in subzero temperatures north of Rifle.

A 30-year-old male, his girlfriend, and her juvenile daughter, presumed to be from Rifle, became stranded at midday Sunday after getting one of their snowmobiles stuck in an are known as Deep Creek, according to Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc. officials. The names of the individuals were not released as of Monday afternoon.

Search and Rescue teams were notified at about 4 p.m. Sunday of the stranded riders, but rescue efforts were suspended late Sunday, before the riders were found.

However, the stranded party was found just before midnight by a five-member crew of family and friends, according to Lanny Grant with Garfield County Search and Rescue Inc. The entire group spent the night before heading back to the parking area Monday morning.

“It was a good outcome, but had the potential to be more serious,” Grant said.

Grant said that the stranded riders and the makeshift rescue crew made their way out Monday morning about 7 a.m. as rescuers were resuming operations for the day.

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