3 teens in Colo. burn snowmobile to stay warm

Feb 22, 2012, 3:18 PM

CRAIG, Colo. (AP) – Three teenagers stuck for a night in Colorado’s mountains during a blizzard survived by burning what they could, including their snowmobile.

The trio got stuck in the Routt National Forest during a snowmobiling trip.

KUSA-TV (
http://on9news.tv/wAqkFb) reports 17-year-olds Justin McAlexander and Jessie Burke and 13-year-old Mason Burke were stranded Sunday north of Craig when their snowmobiles got caught in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

They burned firewood and eventually threw a match in the gas tank of one of the machines to keep warm.

Crews reached the boys around 8 a.m. Monday, about 15 hours after a search began.

Two of the youths were treated for minor injuries and sent home.

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Information from: KUSA-TV,
http://www.9news.com

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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