Dec 11, 2013 5:21 PM
NEVADA (NBC News) - A family of six is safe today after spending two days and nights in the Nevada wilderness in freezing temperatures.
Search teams traced their cellphone signal to a general location, then spotted footprints which led them to the family.
"I'm relieved to have god answered our prayers. They just told me they found them. All I wanted to hear. Alive. All I wanted to hear," said relative David Mosier.
James Glanton, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, their 2 children, along with a niece and nephew, ages 3 to 10, had been missing since Sunday.
That's when they took a drive to an old mining town near Lovelock, Nevada for a day outing.
It's a rugged remote area, where temperatures can be more than 15 below zero.
During the drive, their Jeep rolled off a dirt road.
When they failed to return home, the National Guard launched helicopters.
Glanton, a 34 year old mine worker and hunter built a fire near the Jeep where the family took shelter.
"He was putting big rocks in the fire, getting them real hot so heat would come off the rocks and warm up the inside of the Jeep," Chris Montes a friend and rescuer said.
On day three, a team on foot spotted footprints in the snow.
The family was found in good condition suffering only from mild hypothermia and dehydration.
"I remained optimistic but due to the weather conditions, they were drastic. It's a miracle," said Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machada.
It was an incredible end to an adventure that defied the odds.
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