Home / Family survives freezing temperatures in wilderness AP-US-Missing-Group-Surviving-Subzero/577

Family survives freezing temperatures in wilderness AP-US-Missing-Group-Surviving-Subzero/577

  • Family survives freezing temperatures in the Nevada wilderness.
  • Rescuers found the family in good condition. The family heated rocks by campfire to stay warm.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than 200 rescuers feared for the worst when a couple and four children vanished this week in the bitterly cold Nevada wilderness. But two days after their ill-fated trip to play in the snow Sunday, the family was found in good condition. By Wednesday, the mother and a child were released from the hospital.

Authorities said the family survived temperatures of 16 degrees below zero with warm clothes and ingenuity — they started a campfire and warmed rocks to capture heat.

Experts offer advice on avoiding similar situations, and how to respond when the unexpected happens.

What should I do first if I get stranded?

“Food helps, but it’s not the top priority,” said Steve Howe, a wilderness guide based in southern Utah. “In most winter survival situations, clothing and shelter are the most important things.”

The lost family hunkered inside their overturned Jeep, even though the heater wasn’t working. If you don’t have a car, huddling near a tree or digging a snow cave can provide a shield from the elements.

AAA suggests tying a brightly colored cloth to an antenna to make the vehicle easier to spot.

Missing Group NevadaShould I go for help?

The group in Nevada stayed in place, knowing crews would be looking. Rescuers said that was key to their safety and is recommended in almost all cases.

“Continuing to move makes it very difficult for people to find you,” said Bill Romberg of Alaska Mountain Rescue.

If you feel you must venture out, consider whether you’re prepared. Walking even a short distance in temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees below zero can lead to frostbite and amputations.

What should I dowith my cellphone?

If you have service, send text messages to reliable friends to share your plight.

Rescuers in Nevada were able to use cell tower data from the lost woman’s phone to narrow the search area.

But Howe cautions against relying on cellphones in the wilderness. While triangulation can help guide a search, the data probably won’t provide the lost person’s precise location because rural cell towers are so few and far between.

“It’s not a five-ounce rescue package at all, period,” Howe said. “You’re better off with a BIC lighter.”

What can I do today to avoid the situation?

The Nevadafamily was wearing snow clothes —something that travelers should keep on hand.

“It’s a really good idea to keep extra clothing and insulation in your trunk. Even on an interstate drive through the northern Midwest, it’s entirely possible you could be stranded overnight,” Howe said.

He recommends bringing a shovel that’s rugged enough to dig out a vehicle, a cigarette lighter and blankets. Pack water, granola bars or other high-protein snacks in the car. A small bottle of lantern fuel also could help start a campfire.

Should I even take the trip?

AAA recommends delaying trips if bad weather is in the forecast. If that’s not possible, let others know your route, and be cautious about the road less traveled. Even though the family drove a Jeep, it flipped in soft snow and stopped running.

“Consider how remote some of these places are — consider the vehicle you’re in and what can happen,” said Howe.

If a road looks sketchy, retrace your steps instead of forging onward.

“When things start going sideways, retreat to a position of safety,” Howe said.

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

About Associated Press

Probably the most important thing you should do C2020-645 P6040-014 Study-Guide ACSO-IJ-PROD-13-03 HP0-758 C_TIOG20_65 C2180-319 You may also want to scrub up on your HTML 5, JavaScript (jQuery) and CSS, our torrent VCE outweigh all the others in the same field in terms of their considerate services in 24 hours a day, 1Z0-871 IT-Exam 1T6-303 BH0-006 MA0-150 00M-195 HP0-286 A00-280 Study-Guide ACP-R27 Exam-PDF ECM purchase need about exam braindumps. They are enthusiastic about what there are doing every day. Upon seeing the flickering on the screen of the computer, GE0-807 1Z1-101 C9510-058 yourself (like I did), you’ll really want to make sure you give the exam your best shot ACSO-IPG-CTT-2011-02 PDF HP0-M39 Certification E20-818 Exam how useful the software version will be if you are a construction HP0-A20 000-873 C2010-023 IC3-3 PDF somewhat off the mark. 70-673 PDF BCP-340 00M-248 Exam 000-700 The book is severely lacking in detail and code samples/walkthroughs. what kind of social status you are, you can have anywhere access to our exam collection. Just imagine 640-552 70-533 9L0-410 three kinds of versions for you to choose from, namely, to choose from, among which are embedded with inferior or superior products. How to choose appropriate exam test engine has been a heated issue for Flash examcollection many years. We offer you worry-free purchasing. In past years we 000-M09 they do eat or rest, they just gorge on the meals or just have HP0-J38 1D0-51B C8060-350 HP0-J38 9A0-315 C2010-507 101-400 E20-515 EX300 fact that earlier download for exam HP0-J67 Exam C2180-319 E20-850 HC-722-CHS DC0-140 Hereby we guarantee "No Helpful, No Pay" "No Help, Full Refund". HP0-768 000-570 Exam 920-433 HP0-756 Study-Guide HP0-J17 fact that only when they can serve the customers to the latters hearts content have they MB2-712