SAN FRANCISCO -- The family's story of survival during sub-zero nights in Nevada's high desert begins with a father's decision to stay close to their overturned Jeep.
"The father jumped into action, knew that they had to stay warm, and the first thing he did was build a fire," said emergency room Dr. Douglas Vacek.James Glanton, a local mine worker, was with Christina McIntee, their two children and her niece and nephew, three to ten years old. They kept warm by building a fire inside a spare tire. Volunteer searcher Chris Montes was first to reach them.
"Jay was heating up rocks in the fire and at night he was putting them in the jeep with them. Keeping them warm," said Montes.
Searchers had started to fear the worst when the hunt stretched through two nights with temperatures as low as -16 degrees.
The rugged, open terrain has only sporadic coverage for cell phones, too weak to put through a call, but a signal from McIntee's phone was picked up at one cell tower, helping searchers focus on a smaller area.In Lovelock, their hometown of just 2,000, 200 volunteers joined the search for the family. The relief was clear when Sheriff Richard Machado announced it was over.
"Two adults and the four children were found alive and well," said Machado.
Residents cheered as two youngest
children, bundled together on the same stretcher, arrived at the local
James Glanton and three children remain in the hospital. They are being treated for mild dehydration but are doing well.