Mother, 1 child released after Nevada rescue

A mother and her youngest child were discharged Wednesday from a Nevada hospital a day after being rescued with four other group members who were stranded for two days in a bitter cold mountain wilderness when their Jeep rolled over.

The father of the girl and three other young members of the couple’s families were also doing “remarkably well” but will remain a bit longer for observation at the hospital in Lovelock, Dr. Douglas Vacek said.

Some suffered from slight exposure and dehydration, but none had frostbite.

“We were obviously braced for much worse, considering the cold,” the doctor said.

James Glanton was credited with keeping alive his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, their two children and a niece and a nephew of McIntee in temperatures that dropped to 16 below zero Monday. The children range in age from 3 to 10.

The 34-year-old mine worker and hunter built a fire just minutes after the Jeep rolled down a snowy embankment on Sunday and kept the flames going until rescuers found them Tuesday, Vacek said.

“I think that really prevented any serious medical problems,” said Vacek, who also praised the group for staying together.

Vacek said the group had water and some food but no blankets, However, they were dressed in heavy winter clothing for what had been planned as an excursion to play in the snow in the mountains about 100 miles northeast of Reno.