Missing Holy Cross hiker found alive | VailDaily.com

Missing Holy Cross hiker found alive

Tamara Miller

A man missing since Friday afternoon was found alive and reportedly well Saturday after spending a chilly night in the Holy Cross Wilderness.Bob Koets, 47, of Florida, was hiking with a group of 10 when he became separated while descending Mount of the Holy Cross. His party reported him missing around 5:30 p.m. Friday. Eagle County Search and Rescue teams began searching for the man Friday night and resumed their search Saturday with the help of a helicopter.Koets had only enough equipment with him for a day-long hike and had no camping gear to protect him through the cool, wet weather Friday night. “I don’t know how he did it,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Comroe. “But that’s a good thing.”Koets was found in Reed’s Meadow near the 14,000-foot summit. The on-again, off-again wet weather made radio communication between the rescue teams difficult at times and wind complicated the helicopter’s flight. Comroe said searchers on the ground heard or saw something in Reed’s Meadow around 2:15 p.m. and were able to find Koets around 3:30 p.m. His condition could not be immediately confirmed but Comroe said Koets was able to walk. Another member of the group reportedly was airlifted off Holy Cross Friday afternoon when he reported feeling ill. Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or tmiller@vaildaily.com.

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