Summit Co. rescuer injured in freezing search |

Summit Co. rescuer injured in freezing search

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” A Summit County Rescue Group volunteer was injured early Friday morning during a rescue, after cold temperatures and wind caused injuries to the man’s face. His injuries were not life threatening and he

will 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 Fry 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., the missing snowmobilers were rescued and brought to safety. At the time, weather conditions were near 25 below, with winds between 5 and 10 mph with light snow falling, according to the rescue team.

“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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