Taos County—On Thursday, July 11 2013 at 12:00 a.m.; the Espanola State Police Office received notification of an overdue camping party consisting of two adults and eight foster children. A distress beacon signal through International GPS Service was received by authorities. A second distress signal followed with a text message advising there is a twenty year old female with Hypothermia and a broken ankle.
The group was hiking the mountains near the Cabresto Lake area Wednesday evening and got caught in a rain storm.
New Mexico Search and Rescue teams were activated. There are a total of three NM SAR teams on site currently.
Around mid morning today, two young adult males walked down the mountain to the SAR base camp with no injuries. There are eight subjects left on the mountain (including two adults), they have been located and SAR teams are currently present with them. Excluding the adults, the ages of the children range between fourteen and twenty years of age. One twenty year old female with a broken ankle is being escorted down by SAR teams.
All subjects that are on the mountain are fine and are not complaining of injuries. It is estimated the rest of the subjects will be down to the base camp around 10:00 p.m.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez