Successful partnership with Search & Rescue and volunteers results in missing snowboarder being found
2021-03-29 12:25 PDT
File # 2021-124
On March 25 at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Sayward RCMP were made aware of a snowboarder from the Mount Cain ski area who was being reported overdue. The man was last seen at approximately 11 a.m. in the North Bowl area.
Sayward RCMP contacted the Campbell River Search and Rescue and a search continued until early in the morning of March 26th. The search continued all of March 26th without locating the missing snowboarder. During this time some tracks were found in the area of Kunnum Creek entering a forested area, but the snowboarder was not found.
It was later learned that this expedition was a planned overnight excursion, and that the missing man had in his possession a radio. He was contacted on it, and explained that he was in good health, and did not believe he was in need of any assistance.
The area and elevation he was at was very dangerous with several active avalanche chutes occurring. This man may not have been aware of all of the dangers he could possibly have been facing. said Sayward RCMP Detachment Commander Chris McMillan
The RCMP air services helicopter was contacted and picked up the man, after he had to hike up 500 feet to a frozen lake. He admitted to not being familiar with the area, or knowing exactly where he was
The Sayward RCMP want to thank all of the Mount Cain volunteers, Campbell River Search and Rescue and the Air 8 pilot who all worked together on this investigation.
They also want remind all those venturing out into the backcountry to plan ahead and prepare.
Cpl. Chris ManseauDivision Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
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