When our local Search and Rescue team's GPS failed earlier this year due to the cold it saved a woman and her dog...
It’s freezing, maybe 15 degrees below zero.
Three crews of Mesa County Search and Rescue were told the search was over and it was time to ride their snowmobiles back to the trail head and call it a night.
As luck would have it, a bizarre circumstance saved this woman and her dog, when a second search and rescue crew became stranded in another area.
“The only reason that team was out there at that time was because the other team had mechanical issues,” said Megan Terlecky, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.
Rob Martindale and Quint Shear headed back out to help their stranded team members.
The bone-chilling temperatures forced the pair to stop a couple of times to warm their electronics and GPS units.
“We pulled into this meadow and turned our machines off to get our bearings.”
Then it happened — a voice.
“I looked at Quint and he looked at me and I said ‘did you hear that?’ ”
Quint said yes and the rest of the story makes this a happy story.
“Then we heard it again, we heard a voice, then she came walking out. It was a colossal bit of great luck,” Martindale said.