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Story by Larry Fitzpatrick - The Oregon Herald
Published on Saturday February 26, 2011 - 9:49 AM
 
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VANCOUVER, Washington - A Vancouver couple missing since the beginning of the week were found alive yesterday.

John and Patricia Norvell, both 63, were found stuck in the snow near Cougar, 50 miles northeast of their home in Vancouver.

The Norvells turned their car engine on and off intermittently, until it ran out of gas Friday. They had water and a few snacks, but insulin, which both required.

The couple is newly retired and was out Monday to enjoy a new camera. While driving toward Mount St. Helens they skidded off the road into an embankment 15 miles above Cougar. The snowstorm buried their Jeep. They had no cell service and that night their car was covered in two feet of snow.

Their children received a call from their parents Friday about 8:30 PM. A group of snowmobilers had found them.

"It's a pure miracle," said Leland Foster. "To get stuck and then happen to get out of the Jeep at the right time to use the restroom and there's four guys standing out in the middle of nowhere – they got lucky."