Searchers find snowboarder who went missing near Whistler overnight
A missing snowboarder who went out-of-bounds on Whistler Mountain Tuesday afternoon has been found, according to search crews.
Whistler Search and Rescue crews said the man was found Wednesday afternoon and taken to a nearby health centre. His condition is unknown.
The 33-year-old man and his friend, both from Ontario, were snowboarding on the mountain when they went past the ski boundary at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to RCMP.
The men reportedly got separated and the friend hiked back to the in-bounds area. Police said he waited at a predetermined meeting place but his friend never arrived or checked back in to their hotel.
Local officials including Whistler Search and Rescue and police were notified at around 5 p.m., but it was too late in the day to initiate a search, RCMP said.
Whistler Search and Rescue launched a helicopter early Wednesday to look for the man, who doesn’t have a cellphone with him.
Search crews told CTV News the man is reportedly asthmatic and didn’t have an inhaler with him, but police did not confirm that.
The rescue comes the day after two separate rescue operations on B.C. ski mountains.
A man and a woman got lost after snowboarding out-of-bounds on Cypress Mountain Tuesday. They were found by a North Shore Rescue crew late last night and didn’t suffer major injuries.
Meanwhile, a young skier had to be rescued at Sun Peaks Resorts after he went out-of-bounds Wednesday. Crews had to use an RCMP helicopter to find the man, who texted a friend for help just before his phone died. He was spotted from the air and a local farmer with a snowmobile gave him a lift to safety.