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Stranded snowmobilers spend a night in the Flat Tops after running out of gas

Pete Fowlergarfield county correspondent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Four snowmobilers spent Saturday night outside afterrunning out of gas about seven miles west of White Owl Lake north ofGlenwood Springs in the Flat Tops Wilderness, authorities said.The group was prepared with adequate clothing, food and supplies.Garfield County Search and Rescue received a report about the out-of-gassnowmobilers around 9 p.m. Saturday night. Due to the conditions, notknowing exactly where the snowmobilers were, and the fact that they had whatthey needed to be OK overnight, the search and rescue team waited untilSunday morning to go to the scene, said Jim Sears, Emergency OperationsCommander.The next morning at daybreak, our search and rescue team went up there,located them, gave them gas and oil and brought them back out, Sears said,adding the team finished around 1 p.m.Sears said the group wasnt sure if they had enough gas to make it back totheir trucks.Im not going to say they were unprepared or made a mistake, he said.Sometimes people dont realize how far theyve gone.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.com