Mountain Rescue for Dad, Kids

They were stranded in snowstorms for three days
By John Abell,  Newser User
Posted Dec 19, 2007 7:44 PM CST
Joshua Dominguez, second from left, and Alexis Dominguez, third from left, are helped by authorities after they were flown by helicopter to Sterling City, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. The Dominguez...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A father and his three children are safe and sound after surviving three days of snowstorms and subfreezing temperatures on a mountain in northern California, the AP reports. The four, who went up the mountain Sunday to cut down a Christmas tree, were rescued by helicopter. They took shelter in a culvert beneath a bridge, huddled together for warmth, and stomped "help" in the snow.

"It's a very merry Christmas now," said a friend. Frederick Dominguez, 38, and children Christopher, 18, Joshua, 12, and Alexis, 14, were walking, talking, and drinking hot chocolate while being checked out at a hospital. They had no food and only a little water during the ordeal. Rescuers were racing against time to find them ahead of an even more powerful storm carrying even more snow.