Man stranded overnight when snowmobile ran out of gas

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 24, 2010 3:38 pm

Coming out of the Tahoe Daily Tribune (Lake Tahoe area, California) today:

“A man who was stranded overnight near Armstrong Pass after his snowmobile ran out of gas Tuesday afternoon was brought to safety early this morning.

The man got separated from the friends, ran out of gas and was unable to get out of the Freel Meadows area, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Almos.

Search and rescue coordinators were able to get a hold of the man via cell phone Tuesday night, and he confirmed he was uninjured, Almos said.

Search and rescue volunteers did not immediately begin a rescue effort Tuesday night due to high winds, snowfall and poor visibility.

Nordic and snowmobile search and rescue teams from El Dorado County, Placer County and Alpine County began a search at daybreak Wednesday, but the man’s friends had returned and located the stranded man about 8:15 a.m. this morning, said Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Sukua.”