Father, teen son rescued with help of blanket

BOULDER COUNTY - A father and son reported missing after a Friday hike were found with the help of a reflective blanket.

Joshua Skaggs,16, and Jeff Lints,46, had set out to hike along the North St. Vrain Creek to Button Rock Reservoir. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office was notified when they never met with a family member who came to pick them up Sunday.

Rescuers from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Rocky Mountain Rescue and Allenspark Fire Department started a search with the help of Doug Lyle, a local Boulder County pilot who volunteered his time and helicopter.

The father and son were found by the helicopter. They were uninjured but hungry after they were able to hike as far as North Sheep and South Sheep Mountain but the creek level was too high to cross and the terrain too rugged. They told rescuers were working their way back when they became disorientated.

They used a reflective, emergency blanket to mark their location at a camp they set up. It proved helpful in locating them.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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