Our latest rash of inclement weather has caused major flooding and at least two deaths in Boulder County as well as the evacuation of Lyons residents who had been trapped since Wednesday.
But the precipitation hasn't been limited to lower altitudes -- and now, we're hearing that a pair of climbers from Maine, Connie Yang (seen in the image at the right) and Suzanne Turell, got stuck on Long's Peak due to an ice storm and are awaiting rescue. Photos, audio and details below.
The information comes from 9News, where a staffer spoke with David Turell, Suzanne's brother.
The station took the unusual step of posting the raw audio of an interview with David -- listen to it below. In it, he says family members received a series of text messages about their situation. They include:
"We need help. At top of longs peak. 13400 feet. Whitehout snow storm."
"No injuries. Iced over risk of hypothermia. On South ridge."
"No battery. Yellow tent. We are off trail."
However, the messages have now stopped, presumably because the phone's battery died.
Judging by photos on Yang's Facebook page, she's very athletic, has a great love of the outdoors, and is experienced in a range of weather conditions. Here's one shot....
...as well as a third image:
David tells 9News that he's spoken to representatives of Rocky Mountain National Park and understands a rescue team is being assembled. We send our best wishes to the climbers and emergency personnel in what is clearly another example of Colorado's weather extremes.
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Here's the 9News audio of David Turell talking about the situation.
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