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Lost Skiers Rescued From Powder Mountain

Lost Skiers Rescued From Powder Mountain

Posted - Dec. 24, 2004 at 7:42 a.m.



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(KSL News) What an adventure for three tourists from Texas. They got stranded on Powder Mountain while skiing, and fearing the worse, prepared to spend a night in sub zero temperatures.

"The wind is blowing heavy up here and it is cold. It would have been a cold night for them."

Lucky for those three, they didn't have to spend the night in the cold. Weber County search crews were able to locate and rescue them just before 10:00 last night.

Rescuers say the three were prepared.. they had food and water. But they were eager to find them because of how cold it was overnight, especially in the canyon.

The two adults and a 13-year-old boy were skiing at Powder Mountain, apparently went too far into Ogden canyon and got lost. The three were supposed to be picked up at 4:00 that afternoon. When they didn't show, a relative called authorities.

Around 9:00 a Utah Highway Patrol helicopter started combing the area. And crews on snowmobiles were called out as well. The group was working to stay warm by building a snow cave when they heard the help on the way.

Lucynda Gullia/ Rescued Skier: "The only thing I had was my camera and the flash on the camera and the battery was going to die. But I just started to flash once we saw a helicopter. Started flashing the helicopter, hoping they would see us."

That helicopter indeed spotted them. The three hiked about 200 yards, the helicopter landed, and they were pulled to safety. All are doing fine this morning.

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