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Snowboarder found alive after being missing for three days in Colorado mountains

November 20 2005 at 10:29 PM
Ken Akerman  (Login KenAkerman)

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KEYSTONE, CO - A snowboarder who spent three days in the backcountry wilderness near Keystone was found alive Saturday morning.

John Ryan, 31, of Erie was found about 10:15 a.m., said Mike Schmitt, spokesman for Summit County Search and Rescue.

"Whatever he did he did something right to stay alive these last three days," said Schmitt, noting temperatures had dropped into the low teens overnight.

Ryan was found in the Jones Gulch area and was taken the Keystone Medical Center for evaluation.

Ryan had gone snowboarding alone at Keystone resort on Wednesday and was reported missing Thursday night after he didn't show up for work at the Pumphouse Brewery in Longmont, the pub's managing partner Ross Hagen said. His car was still in the parking lot.

Rescuers searched within the Keystone boundaries for Ryan on Friday. Saturday morning about 45 rescuers searched for him outside the resort's boundaries as friends, family and fellow employees of the brew pub waited anxiously.

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