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Olympian's Relatives Safe After Getting Lost in the Wilderness


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The brother of a U.S. winter Olympian -- along with his three young children -- are safe Monday morning after 24 hours lost in the wilderness.Jared Pikus, brother of skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace, is thankful to be home after spending the night lost in the Idaho wilderness. The group got lost Saturday after leaving a campsite to hike to a nearby lake.The group couldn’t find its way back.“I came to a point where I didn’t know where I was,” Pikus said later. “At that time, I had to think about the kids and survival.”The area was so isolated that there was no cell phone service. The family had only a few bagels to eat and spent the night outdoors, sleeping huddled together under a raft.While rescue crews combed the area, Pikus-Pace -- who lives in Utah -- pleaded for support on social media, sharing photos of her family cheering at the Sochi Olympics, when she won a silver medal. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Post by Noelle Pikus Pace. This time, Pikus-Pace said, she felt helpless.“You want to do something, and there is nothing you can do,” she said.By Sunday afternoon, Pikus and his children found their way to a road, meeting people who brought them to rescue crews. Despite some mosquito bites and poison ivy rashes, they were otherwise OK, something that left Pikus-Pace relieved.“We were left to imagine life without them and it was an awful feeling,” she wrote. “We are so incredibly blessed to have them back safe and sound!”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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