COLLBRAN – The family of a father and son missing following a massive mudslide on the western slope says if anyone could survive the conditions, it's them.
Rescue crews will resume their search for the pair and their friend at first light Tuesday.
Clancy Nichols and his son Dan were reportedly in the area with another man, Wes Hawkins, 46, checking on an irrigation canal after an initial mudslide. That's when officials believe a second, more powerful mudslide hit.
"We're praying for their safety," Clancy's brother Bill Nichols said. "We're praying for the safe return of the family members of Wes' family and for Clancy and Danny to come back."
Nichols said Clancy, 51, and Dan, 24, are both volunteer firefighters in Collbran. Clancy works for the county road department. Dan is a geologist working two week shifts in oil fields, according to Bill Nichols.
In Collbran, a local eatery closed it's doors Monday to collect donations of food and other supplies for rescuers.
"Those are the people that we go to when we need something," co-owner of Twisted Sisters restaurant Jake Gross said. "They're the rescuers and they're the ones that are going to come out of this, and they'll be alright."
The family isn't giving up hope either.
"We still know that there's a chance that they'll be rescued from this situation," Bill Nichols said. "We have to hold on to that hope that they'll come out of here alive."
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