Searchers Rescue Lost Skiers

Searchers Rescue Lost Skiers

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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- Three teenagers are home safe after spending a good part of the night in the mountains because they got lost while skiing.

Rescuers located the boys last night about 9:30 and pulled them out of the mountains about 2:30 this morning. Kimberly Houk reports.

An infra-red camera hooked onto a UHP chopper located the missing skiers last night.

Crews on snowmobiles rushed in to help bring the boys out of the mountains, calming their worried families.

There was a lot of concern because temperatures in the mountains dipped below zero last night.

The boys did something really smart. They went skiing with a cell phone. One of them called his dad to say they were lost somewhere between The Canyons Ski Resort and Brighton, and then the phone went dead.

But enough information was given to help rescuers locate the skiers.

Blake Provo, parent of one of the teens, says, "at one point he called while the helicopter was right above them. And he was screaming 'mom, the helicopter is right above us. Can they see us?' And she said, 'They've located you. Stay right where you are.'"

The boys' ages are 16, 17 and 19. They say they built a bonfire to keep warm last night.

"We dug a little pit under the tree because we were convinced we'd have to spend the night and hike out in the morning. So we were all huddled up in a little ball, just waiting. And then we heard a helicopter," says one of the lost skiers, Ian Provo.

The boys were missing for several hours before they were spotted by the infra-red camera.

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