Couple rescued after stranded in snow near Butte Meadows

A couple that was stuck in the snow above Butte Meadows was saved by Search and Rescue overnight.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 12:45 PM

BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. - A couple that was stuck in the snow above Butte Meadows was saved by Search and Rescue overnight.

The man and his girlfriend drove up to Butte Meadows and got stuck in the snow, prompting the man's father to call authorities to try and find them, the Butte County Sherriff's Office said.

Authorities said they received the call from the father around 10:40 p.m. on Monday.

The man had gotten out of his vehicle and was walking to try and find help, his girlfriend stayed in the vehicle, deputies said.

It's believed that the man walked about six miles into Plumas County before search and rescue crews found him around 2 a.m. He was uninjured. 

Search and Rescue members with Butte County located the woman inside the vehicle on Colby Moutain Road, above Butte Meadows. She was found uninjured and crews said they helped her get back to Chico around 2:40 a.m.

"We would like to remind our citizens to please use extreme caution when taking trips up to the snow," The Butte County Sheriff's Office said via Facebook. "Temperatures dip down very low overnight and the outcome of this could have been much different. These two were fortunate they were uninjured and we were able to locate them. We would also like to thank Plumas County S&R for working with us to successfully locate these two people."

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