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Rescuers help Boy Scouts stranded on Colorado ice field

OURAY, Colo. (AP) — Boy Scouts stranded on a field of snow and ice the mountains of southwestern Colorado are tired but doing well after being reached by rescuers.

Ouray (yoo-RAY’) County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says Ouray Mountain Rescue helped the group of 36 children and seven adults from Arizona make their way out of the area Wednesday and got them back on a trail. No serious injuries were reported but rescuers said they were “cold, wet and tired.”

Whitmore says they had been hiking and camping in the Richmond Pass area between Ouray and Silverton and called for help around 7 a.m.

There is still a lot of snow and ice at higher elevations and heavy rain is possible in the area through Thursday, raising the risk of flooding during the spring melt-off of snow.

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