2 Teens stranded in knee-deep snow rescued in Flagstaff

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The following news release was sent by Coconino County:

FLAGSTAFF - Two 16 year old boys of Flagstaff were rescued early Sunday morning after their vehicle became stranded in knee deep snow East of Mormon Lake.On Saturday December 20, 2008 at about 8:00 p.m. Emergency Communication Specialists of the Northern Arizona Regional 911 Center received a report of the stranded hunters.Coconino County Sheriff's Deputies learned that the two boys were traveling on Forest Service Road 125 while on a rabbit hunting trip when their vehicle became stranded in deep and impassible snow.One of the two hunters had a cell phone however he was not able to access cell phone service in the area where the vehicle was disabled.The boys hiked approximately five miles away from their vehicle and were able to use their phone to call their parents who in turn called 911 for help.

The Deputies who initially responded were not able to reach the stranded hunters with the use of conventional vehicles.The Coconino County Sheriff's Search and rescue Unit was mobilized and two members on snowmobiles reached the hunters who had built a campfire to stay warm.Rescuers in a snow cat arrived about 30 minutes later and the boys were transported to Lake Mary Road at about 01:30 a.m. on Sunday where they were met by a Deputy who returned them to their homes in Flagstaff.Although the boys were wet and very cold they did not require medical attention.Sheriff Bill Pribil and the men and women of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office would like to remind community members of some basic Winter Safety Tips.

Always fill your gasoline tank before entering open country, even for a short distance.If you leave your vehicle running to provide heat make sure the tail pipe is properly vented and clear of snow or any other debris.Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is silent and deadly.

Prepare for a wilderness trip by establishing a plan and giving it to someone you can depend on.The plan should include times and dates of departure and return.It should also include when you will arrive at certain checkpoints, even if no contact is established, it will assist searchers in locating you should you need their assistance.Be aware of existing and impending weather conditions and check weather reports frequently.If extreme winter weather is predicted during the duration of your trip, cancel it.

Dress warmly in layered clothing.Layers allow you to easily adjust your clothes to regulate body moisture and temperature.Three types of layers are considered normal: a liner layer against your skin (long-johns), an insulation layer (fleece), and a water- and wind-proof outer shell.Cotton loses its insulating qualities when it gets wet, whether it is from rain or sweat.Cotton also takes a long time to dry out.

Wool or synthetic materials are much better suited for cold weather conditions.Boots should have a waterproof outer shell such as oiled leather or plastic.Protect from heat loss through your` head by wearing a warm stocking cap or other winter hat.Make sure socks and gloves do not fit so tight that they constrict the blood flow which keeps your hands or feet from warming up.Pack plenty of extra clothing in case you the clothes you are wearing become wet.

Keep yourself adequately nourished to provide fuel for hiking and for simply keeping your body warm.Food should be easy to prepare and tasty enough to be appetizing.Drink plenty of water even though you don't think you are thirsty.Water is necessary for your body to generate heat.A good rule of thumb for checking hydration is the color of your urine.Urine will be light colored or clear if you are properly hydrated.Keep water bottles from freezing in your pack by putting them in a wool sock or insulated bottle cover.Even for short day hikes winter outdoor enthusiasts should carry survival equipment.Essential items include fire starting equipment, a light source and extra batteries, appropriate extra clothing, water, food, navigation equipment, pocket knife, shelter materials, sunglasses or goggles, a backcountry shovel, a backpacking stove and fuel and a small metal cup.