Rescue crews find 3 ATV riders uninjured

Rescue crews find 3 ATV riders uninjured

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(Source: Youtube) A grandfather, father and son are safe and sound Sunday night after getting lost while riding their ATV's in Anderson County. (Source: Youtube) A grandfather, father and son are safe and sound Sunday night after getting lost while riding their ATV's in Anderson County.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

OLIVER SPRINGS (WATE)-- A grandfather, father and son are safe and sound Sunday night after getting lost while riding their ATVs in Anderson County.

The family, from the "Frost Bottom area" went missing in Windrock Park Friday at 4:00 p.m. It took extensive rescue efforts before the family was found Saturday afternoon.

Search teams found the missing people near the Windrock ATV Lodge, which is the site of an ATV race happening this weekend. The rescue squad said the three people spent a cold night in the dark.

On Sunday, Denver Hubbard, 12, was back at baseball practice, alongside his father Ernie Hubbard, a coach for the East Tennessee Warriors baseball team.  

More than 24 hours prior, the two were stranded overnight in the mountains in Anderson County.  

"It was dark and there was roads going everywhere. We didn't know which way to go," said Denver Hubbard.  

Denver Hubbard posted video on youtube riding his ATV through some trails of Windrock Park on Friday. It was on that day, Denver, his dad and grandfather Lowell Duncan took their ATV's on what was supposed to be a short ride.

 The family started the journey on a trail off of Half Moon Road, near Roaming Creek. They rode about 8 miles into the woods before getting caught on a trail #9 or known as "The Rat Trap." It was a trail no one in the group had ridden before.  

"The sign said extremely difficult," said Hubbard.  

"We couldn't find a trail, so we decided to wait it out until next morning so we could see," said Lowell Duncan.  

The group spent the night out in the woods; father and son built a fire, and wrapped themselves in a tarp to keep warm.  

"We took turns sleeping, and then we get up and get firewood to keep the fire going," said Hubbard.  

The temperatures Friday night dipped into the teens and to make matters worse, Lowell, a 68 year old diabetic was without his medication.  

"I couldn't walk, my feet were so numb. I couldn't even feel it," Lowell said.  

"They call it Windrock because it was windy, being an outdoorsman myself, I was starting to immediately think the worse," said Eddie Price, head coach East Tennessee Warriors.  

After the three didn't return that night, the Anderson County Rescue squad and local fire departments were dispatched along with around 100 volunteers.  

Denver Hubbard's baseball coach Eddie Price tried to get whoever he could to help with the search.  

"What we tried to do is get anyone with a four wheeler," Price said.  

Because of Price's efforts, 15 more ATVs to showed up to the park site, many of Denver's teammates also showed up.

After the family woke up Saturday morning, they were able to make their way back.

"We were coming back, and we passed the people looking for us," said Hubbard.  

Rescue crews say Lowell Duncan had mild hypothermia, but he chose not to go to the hospital.

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