Two Local Snowmobilers Found Safe On Grand Mesa

Two Grand Valley smowmobile riders are safe after spending the night on the Grand Mesa in subfreezing temperatures.

Mesa County Search and Rescue teams were called out this morning after Nate Sneddon failed to report for work at a local motorsports dealer. Donald Patton was out with Sneddon when they ran into trouble.

Efforts to locate the two men were helped with information from two friends who arrived at the main search location near the Twin Peaks Bible Camp southwest of Collbran. From there searchers fanned out in the area of Upper Salt Creek and Bonham Reservoir.

Members of a search and rescue snowmobile team were able to locatre footprints of the two at about noon. An aircraft from the Mesa County Sheriff's Department finally found the men in the area of upper Leon Creeek and were taken to Vega State Park for a checkup.

Lieutenant Don Hendrick with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the two men were out and one machine got stuck and the other broke down, so they stayed the night.

Sneddon tells 11 news it was getting dark so we decided to stay. They built a snow cave and a fire and dried everything out. When they found the other snowmobile had broken a steering mechanism they began walking this morning.

The two were hungry and tired but otherwise in good shape.

Nearly two dozen volunteers from the Mesa County Search and Rescue team helped in the search, including members of the Snowskippers snowmobile team as well as members of the ground and communications teams.