Stuck snowmobilers spend night in snow cave |

Stuck snowmobilers spend night in snow cave

Three snowmobilers who spent Tuesday night in a snow cave after getting their snowmobiles stuck were uninjured after being rescued Wednesday morning, according to a Pitkin County Sheriff’s statement.

The Sheriff’s Office received a satellite phone call from one of the men at about 7 p.m. Tuesday reporting that he and his two friends were stuck and needed help, the statement said. He said they were on snowshoes and headed for the Goodwin-Greene Hut of the Braun Hut System.

Three Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers headed into the backcountry about 8:30 a.m. and found the men in a snow cave in the Bowman Creek drainage about a half-mile from the hut, according to the release. The three men and the volunteers were out of the field by 11:30 a.m.

The men were identified as Bruce Panczer of West Chester, Pennsylvania, David Muetterties of Aston, Pennsylvania, and James Phiel of Englewood.

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