Snow-Stranded Couple Rescued After 12 Days

Left will for kid, struck out on snowshoes made of car cushions
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 7, 2008 9:12 AM CST
Tamitha and Thomas Garner. (AP Photo)   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A couple stranded for 12 days in a snowy Utah canyon was finally rescued yesterday as they hiked out wearing snowshoes fashioned from car seat cushions, reports CNN. Thomas and Tamitha Garner had taken a trip to photograph wild horses when their truck broke down. They wrote out a will for their 19-year-old daughter as they rationed out groceries and waited for help.

When they were down to a granola bar, they struck out with mutt Medusa, building nightly fires with carburetor cleaner and deodorant and munching on dog food. They walked for three days until they were spotted by a snowplow driver near the Nevada border. Both were in "remarkably good" shape. "My family kept me going," Tamitha said. "My daughter, my mom, my in-laws. Every thought was with my family. I had to get back to them."