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Archive for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Rescuers find Mo. hiker alive, no serious injuries

October 16, 2007

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— A Missouri hiker missing for two wintry days in Colorado's Holy Cross wilderness was found Monday suffering only from frostbite and hypothermia, officials said.

Jacob Gately, 23, of Lee's Summit, had reached the summit of the 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross on Saturday with his brother, Josh, 24, but the two became separated on the way down.

Josh Gately reported his brother missing that night when he failed to return to their camp.

Jacob Gately was wearing only jeans, a fleece garment, a rain jacket and tennis shoes and carried only water and an energy bar. The area had received up to a foot of snow since Saturday.

"He's got a little frostbite and is a little hypothermic, but he's going to make it," Eagle County sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Andree told the Vail Daily on Monday.

Mount of the Holy Cross is about 80 miles west of Denver.

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