Friday, July 7, 2017

Two teens found safe after all night search

MESA COUNTY, Colo - Two teens were found safe this morning after spending the night lost on the Grand Mesa.

The two teens were reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Thursday by one of the boys' parents after they didn't return to their campsite from a planned hike around Big Meadows Reservoir.

Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team, ATV Team, Communications Team, and Mesa County Rural Area Deputies immediately began searching for the two friends. Resources remained on the Grand Mesa all night.

The teens were located safe and sound early this morning.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to always carry plenty of water when going out into the wilderness especially in the summer heat. Also always make a plan of where you are going to hike, bike or recreate and when you plan on returning. Cell phone maps and GPS do not always work on Colorado trails.

When going into the wilderness to recreate make sure you are prepared for the conditions. That includes carrying a CORSAR card. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card costs only $3 for 1 year or $12 for 5 years and it helps reimburse for the costs of Search and Rescues. Mesa County does not charge people for rescues. To get your CORSAR card and learn more about the program click here.

Mesa County Search and Rescue Teams are 100% volunteer and relay on donations for training and equipment. To support our local volunteers and learn more about their program click here and here.