Missing teens who summited Colorado 14er, Mount of the Holy Cross, found safe by rescue crews

Posted at 11:22 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 19:37:09-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The two teens reported missing after a winter ascent to the top of Colorado's Mount of the Holy Cross were found safe Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Eagle County authorities confirmed to Denver7 they began a search Tuesday after the teens were overdue from their planned hike on Monday. 

The teens -- both 18-year-old men -- were reportedly "moderately" prepared for being delayed by a storm. The two are believed to have summited the 14,005-foot mountain at about 7 p.m. Monday. 

Search and rescue crews took to the ground and in the air to find the teens, including the Colorado National Guard's High Altitude Aviation Training squad and the Vail Mountain Rescue Group. Due to inclement weather, aerial search crews weren't able to launch on Tuesday, but are in the air on Wednesday. 

Eagle County reported just before 4 p.m. Wednesday the two teens were found and extracted off the mountain. They are both reportedly safe and in good health, according to the county.

There were a total of at least 35 team members searching for the two men.


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