Black Canyon Search and Rescue Reunites Family
MONTROSE — A family is reunited following an overnight search and rescue in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
A father and two boys from New Mexico were found along the Gunnison River at midnight Tuesday evening by Park Rangers after family members reported them missing.
According to a news release, the boys, ages 12 and 14, had gotten separated from their father during a short hike Tuesday.
“He returned to the parking lot to tell his wife and daughter that the boys were missing and then went back into the canyon to look for them. When he did not promptly return, family members reported their missing parties and a hasty search was started,” the release said.
After hours of searching the Warner Route and canyon rim areas two park rangers carrying overnight gear, extra food and water, hiked to the bottom of the route as darkness approached.
Park officials said the man and two boys were located around midnight at the Gunnison River.
“They were hungry and thirsty, but otherwise in good condition. They hiked out with park rangers on Wednesday morning,” the release said.
“I am very proud of our park rangers and of the outstanding cooperative effort involved in finding these hikers. They have proven once again that visitor and employee safety is of ultimate importance,” said acting Park Superintendent Christine Landrum.
Hikers are reminded to be prepared for extended hikes by carrying extra water, food, and clothing. Groups should stay together and be sure to get a backcountry or wilderness use permit.
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