Summit rescuer hurt in freezing search |

Summit rescuer hurt in freezing search

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” A Summit County Rescue Group volunteer was injured early Friday morning during a rescue; cold temperatures and wind caused injuries to the man’s face.

His injuries were not life threatening and he would recover, according to the rescue team.

The Rescue Group began the operation at 7 p.m. Thursday after three snowmobilers were reported lost in the area of Frey Gulch near Keystone.

Rescue utilized 14 members, a Sheriff’s Office deputy and two sergeants, and two of the snowmobilers’ friends.

Ten hours later, around 5 a.m. Friday, the missing snowmobilers were rescued and brought to safety. At the time, weather conditions were near 25 below, according to the rescue team, with winds between 5 and 10 mph with light snow falling.

“It was brutal out there, especially for 10 hours,” said Mike Schmitt with the Rescue Group.

The snowmobilers were not injured, although rescuers noted the men were in dangerous avalanche terrain at the time.

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