Lovelock family: We wouldn't have lasted another two days

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Updated: 12/16/2013 10:47 pm

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(NBC NEWS) - A Nevada family who survived three days and two nights in below-freezing temperatures wouldn't "have lasted another two days," Christina McIntee, one of the rescued, told Savannah Guthrie in a Today Show exclusive interview.

McIntee, her boyfriend James Glanton, their two children and McIntee’s niece and nephew disappeared in the Seven Troughs mountain range on Sunday, Dec. 8. The temperature on the range was 21 degrees below zero on Sunday night, and below zero again on Monday night.

I got scared the second day," McIntee said.

Rescuers found the family huddled inside their overturned Jeep on Tuesday, in what officials called a "miracle."

The ordeal began after the group did not return from a trip to play in the snow near their hometown of Lovelock, about 100 miles northeast of Reno. They were ultimately found "four miles from civilization," according to Nevada wing Civil Air Patrol Col. Timothy F. Hahn.

"We were coming downhill and hit a patch of ice and it just shot us over in the bank," said Glanton. "It was a really slow-motion rollover. It didn't even shatter the window. It broke the top of it, but it didn't shatter the window."

The kids, who range in age from 3 to 10, were "awesome" and "calm," said McIntee.

"The boys saw it as just camping in the jeep," said Glanton. "They were actually really good about it."

Glanton defended the family's decision to take a drive in the mountains, saying, "That's what we do. We're from a small town. We don't have anything in the way of entertainment besides the hills. That's what we do. That's where we live."

The family survived thanks to some smart moves — gathering sage brush for kindling, burning a spare tire, staying in their overturned Jeep to make it easier for rescuers to locate them, and heating rocks to warm the vehicle.
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Naytchureboy9 - 12/18/2013 8:52 AM
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The commenter<'Jeepin" made a comment I had not even thought of, saying it was a staged event, and thought really you can't be serious, until you think about one thing which caught my eye. The video clip showed the jeep in a semi roll over position right. And yet they said they stayed alive by warming rocks for staying warm in the jeep. That doesn't square. How are you gonna use the jeep as shelter in an 1/2 way upside down position with that many people as shown in the video? Something is wrong with this picture. Oh I guess they shot that video with their cell phone beforehand, used it later, and in the meantime flipped the jeep and used it that way, but if they did that using the whole family, why not drive out? I know a little about these things, and while I was not there, what it is they are saying happened, invites more questions than it answers. I ve been a member of an off-road club for over 40 years on hundreds of trips from ALaska to Patagonia & Big Sur to THE Smoky Mtns. and flipped God knows how many types of off-road vehicles from a sand-rail to a full size pickup. They'd then be able to fire the engine up, use the heater and drive out of there. I have been off roading my whole life and rolled my Toy 4x4 many times and flipped it right over and drove home from the middle of nowwhere. Too much about this story does not add up. So Jeepin yeah maybe your right.Maybe this was a setup just like they do in reality shows to create their own eye candy for $$$ with local help. And yeah..the cellphone thing. You can't tell me they look like people who don't have a cell phone and could not get help like "right now! Not in that region of the country.

jeepin - 12/17/2013 1:16 PM
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I didn't watch the show but I'll bet one of the questions wasn't: How do you properly seat belt 2 adults and 4 children in a jeep that size? On road or off road there are still certain safety practices. Seat belts, oh yea, that is a big one. And who goes a a trip like that with only one vehicle? Go have fun but think first.

nubgnngs42 - 12/17/2013 12:16 PM
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The whole thing looks, smells and sounds like a setup for TV shows to get extra money. Not a scratch one or injury from the roll over??? Give me a break. Next day he should have been waking out checking for cell phone service for a 911 call. But then they wouldn't have been out long enough to make the headlines and show currents. Little extra Xmas money I guess.

Bubbles - 12/17/2013 7:14 AM
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Way to reward stupid; put them on national TV on top of that looking like hay seeds going to McDonalds for a fine night of dining. They should be in jail for child endangerment.

GHP34 - 12/17/2013 5:38 AM
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That was quite the patch of ice to 'shoot' the jeep up the hill that far. I suspect driving too fast for the condition may have played a role.

jvlreno - 12/16/2013 7:13 PM
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You can't fix stupid!

GO NOLES - 12/16/2013 4:51 PM
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Really? No comments??? I'm not going to say what I really thought of that interview this morning.
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