3 Teens Stranded In Colo. Blizzard Burn Snowmobile To Stay Warm - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

3 Teens Stranded In Colo. Blizzard Burn Snowmobile To Stay Warm

MSNBC.COM - Three teenage boys stuck for a night in Routt National Forest in Moffat County during a snowmobiling trip survived through a blizzard and temperatures in the teens by burning what they could -- including a snowmobile -- to stay warm, NBC station KUSA of Denver reports.

Justin McAlexander, 17, Jessie Burke, 17, and Burke's 13-year-old brother, Mason, got stranded Sunday near Freeman Reservoir north of Craig, or about 75 miles by road northeast of Steamboat Springs. They were supposed to return home by 5 that evening, but their snowmobiles got caught in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

"I called in search and rescue and told them where we were," Justin told KUSA. "Then I started digging a pit, which I dug about 6 or 7 feet down. I pulled my friend Jessie in because his foot was frozen and I pulled his little brother into the pit."

Justin said he collected firewood, which he lit inside the pit, and the blaze lasted for about five hours. When that went out, the boys sat in the cold for about two hours, KUSA said.

So Justin took matches from his survival kit and threw a match into the snowmobile's fuel tank, which burned for about two hours, KUSA reported.

"That's the only thing that we've got left to burn," Justin said. "It was gasoline and we all know that gasoline catches fire real quick. So I lit a match dropped it in the tank and figured, if anything, that would give them a big enough flame to see us." click here to read the full story

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