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Missing hunters found in Flat Tops

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – Three big game hunters from Denver who had been missing since last weekend in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area northeast of Glenwood Springs were located this morning by a National Guard helicopter.Search and Rescue workers are now focused on bringing them and the rescuers out of the area safely, according to a Garfield County Sheriff’s Department press release issued shortly after 10 a.m. today.”I’m extremely proud, not only of the tireless efforts of Garfield County Search & Rescue, Inc., but by all of the assisting agencies that helped with the successful rescue of three precious lives,” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said. “This three-day mission to find three stranded hunters in dangerous conditions shows the cooperation and determination of our volunteer rescue professionals and first responders.”According to sheriff’s officials, a group of five hunters from Denver set out into the remote section of Garfield County north of Coffee Pot springs early the morning of Oct. 23.Two of the hunters returned to camp later that evening, but three did not. The other two searched all day Sunday with no luck, and notified law enforcement of the missing parties that evening.After two days of searching by foot and on snowmobiles in inclement weather, an air search began this morning.The search involved search and rescue personnel from Garfield and Mesa counties and Vail Mountain Rescue/Eagle County, as well as Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management and Victim Response Team and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.More details on efforts to rescue the hunters were to be released as they become available later today.

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