A couple in Nevada saved the lives of four children, “ages 10, 4, 4, and 3,” by heating rocks to keep the kids warm. The Nevada couple, 34-year-old James Glanton and his 25-year-old girlfriend Christina McIntee, did all the right things in order to survive two days in subzero temperatures in Nevada’s wilderness, say survival experts according to a CNN report on Dec. 10, 2013.
The Nevada couple, their own two children, and a niece and a nephew, went out for a fun day in the snow on Sunday when their silver 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee flipped over onto its side and went down an embankment. The Jeep landed upside down in a crevice about 15 miles from Lovelock.
Without any cell phone reception and the Jeep unable to start up again, the Nevada couple and the four children were stranded in Nevada’s wilderness until someone would find them.
"The couple did not have blankets or extra food with them, but removed the spare tire and started a fire burning wood and brush to keep warm. They placed rocks inside the tire and used the rocks to keep the children warm at night," said Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado.
During the night, the Nevada couple put the heated rocks inside the Jeep to keep the children warm. When they ran out of food by Monday, the kids just thought of it as being on a prolonged camping trip.
Having told family members that they were going on a trip, the Nevada couple knew that if they could battle the freezing temperatures and hold on, someone would eventually come looking for them.
On Tuesday around midday, after an extensive search by foot, vehicles, plane, and helicopters, the Nevada family was rewarded for their endurance in the wilderness when they were spotted almost at the same time by a helicopter and a rescue volunteer. Over 200 rescue volunteers, Washoe County Search and Rescue, Civil Air Patrol, Nevada’s Division of Emergency Management, and Nevada National Guard Lakota helicopters had been looking for them.
When the six missing Nevada family members were found, all were in good spirits. "The littlest girl was telling me about a cartoon and the boys were asking me if I had more snacks in the truck,” said one of the rescuers.
The Nevada couple and the four children were taken to Pershing General Hospital and were reportedly all in good spirits. None of them sustained frostbites.
Survival expert Joseph Teti attributes the Nevada couple’s and the four children’s survival in Nevada’s wilderness to having "made all the right decisions.” They had told someone where they planned on going, they stayed together by the Jeep, they kept up their attitude, and used whatever they could find to stay warm.
“It's the little decisions that add up to an enhanced chance for survival in brutal conditions,” he said.