Reflective blanket helps rescuers find missing hikers near Sheep Mountain in Boulder County

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - A reflective blanket helped authorities find a missing father and son who got stuck in hazardous terrain over the weekend, deputies said.

Jeff Lints, 46, and his 16-year-old son were dropped off Friday near Allenspark for a hike along the North St. Vrain Creek to Button Rock Reservoir, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

When they didn't arrive at the reservoir Sunday afternoon, a family member called deputies.

Deputies said rescuers from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mountain Rescue, Allenspark Fire Department and a volunteer pilot started searching for the father and son.

Their reflective, emergency blanket was spotted by pilot Doug Lyle just before dusk Sunday, deputies said.

"Rescuers responded and found them uninjured and hungry," officials said. "They were provided food and required a technical rescue from the hazardous terrain they were in."

Deputies said it appears the father and son hiked to North Sheep and South Sheep Mountain, but the creek level was too high to cross and the terrain too rugged.

"They were working their way back to their starting point and became disorientated," according to the Sheriff's Office. "They set up camp and used a reflective, emergency blanket to mark their location, which proved helpful in locating them."

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