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Stranded men OK after rescue on mountain
Oct 8, 2013 - From staff reports
Search and Rescue crews were dispatched to Green Mountain on Saturday to retrieve two Rawlins men who had been stranded due to snow.
Officials said several hunters in the Green Mountain area were snowed in over the weekend, but the Rawlins men, who were both in their 60s, had pre-existing medical conditions that lent urgency to their situation.
They called police at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday to say they had been stuck for two days in the Willow Creek area on the east side of Green Mountain.
"There is too much snow that has not been moved so they cannot get out," dispatchers said in initial reports. "They have wood and they are fine right now but will not be able to leave."
A crew of five Search and Rescue volunteers arrived in the area at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday. They reportedly deployed two "side by side" all-terrain vehicles at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, but by 2:15 p.m. Saturday they determined that the operation would require snow machines.
"(We) cannot get there on ATVs," a volunteer said in initial reports. "(We're) still about five miles from the men."
They reached the subjects at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Reports state family members were waiting for the men in the Muddy Gap area. No injuries were reported.
Undersheriff Ryan Lee said others who were stranded on Green Mountain "had to wait the weather out."
"(They) called in to inform us of their location and the conditions and let us know where they were," he said Tuesday. "But there was no emergent situation that dictated that we respond and assist them."