Teenagers rescued after breaking down while searching for a Christmas tree

Photo courtesy of the Butte County Sheriff's Office

BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. - Two teenagers and a dog were rescued from the Butte Meadows area Monday after breaking down while going out to find a Christmas tree.

Sunday, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the Butte County Sheriff's Office got a call from a woman who said her 18-year-old son left their Magalia home to go search for a Christmas tree in Butte Meadows and had not come back home. The woman told officials that her last contact with her son was at approximately 1:30 p.m.

The woman said her son was driving a Suzuki Samurai with a friend and his dog. Officials sent out ten volunteers with the Butte County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team to search for the teens.

Monday, at about 3:06 a.m., Butte County Sheriff Sergeant Jack Storne found the vehicle the 18-year-old was driving which had broken down near Humbug Summit Road, just miles from the Plumas County Line. The teen said he vehicle broke down 12 hours earlier and they had not seen a single vehicle until Sergeant Storne found them.

Officials said both teens and the dog were unharmed but that the temperature outside was approximately 19 degrees at the time and the teenagers were not prepared for an emergency such as their vehicle breaking down.

Officials added the teens were approximately 15 miles from where they had said they would be going to find a Christmas tree.

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