A group of three sledders who got lost on Boulder Mountain on January 11 have been rescued by Revelstoke Search and Rescue.
Police got the call around 3:30 p.m. on January 11. One of the three sledders got separated from his group and called 911, and called to say that he was lost and stuck.
Police and Revelstoke Search and Rescue commenced a search for the missing man, aged 33, and were able to locate him by about 7:30 p.m. However, the searchers were unable to locate the two other men in the party, and the search was suspended overnight due to high avalanche conditions.
The search resumed at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning on land and via a helicopter. The searchers were able to locate the other two missing Alberta men by 8 a.m. The men, aged 39 and 51, were rescued using a helicopter and long line “due to high avalanche conditions and medical concerns,” said the Revelstoke RCMP in a media release.
All three men are reported to be in good health.
Rescue missions for snowmobiles from Boulder Mountain and other local riding areas have been frequent this season.
Here is a summary of incidents from Dec. 18 to Dec. 31 as reported to provincial authorities:
-On Dec. 18, seven Revelstoke SAR members responded to aid an injured snowmobiler on Boulder Mountain. He was suffering from a severe back injury and a broken pelvis.
-On Dec. 23, Revelstoke SAR responded to a call to locate two missing snowmobilers in the Kirkup Creek area. After a “thorough” search, nothing was found.
-On Dec. 26, Revelstoke SAR responded to a call about a missing sledder on Boulder Mountain, but the incident was quickly resolved after the man was located by friends.
On Dec. 27, Revelstoke SAR responded to a call about a missing sledder on Boulder Mountain, but the man had been located by Revelstoke RCMP, and the call was cancelled.
On Dec. 28, Revelstoke SAR responded to a call about a sledder stranded on Boulder Mountain due to a broken-down snowmobile. The man was helped off the mountain by other sledders.
On Dec. 30, Revelstoke SAR responded to a call about a missing skier on Boulder Mountain. The skier was found by Revelstoke RCMP before searchers had mobilized.
On Dec. 30, six Revelstoke SAR members responded to aid an injured sledder at the Frisby Cabin on Frisby Mountain. The subject was helped and transferred to BCAS.
Updated reports are not yet available from Dec. 31 to Jan. 12, but there have been at least some other incidents.
Also, on Jan. 7, Revelstoke SAR rescued two Kelowna men from Boulder Mountain after they became lost and spent the night on the mountain.
Revelstoke RCMP are warning backcountry users to take precautions.
“The RCMP recommend that all users of the backcountry or recreational areas carry the proper supplies for their activity, including preparations for overnight stays,” Revelstoke RCMP said in a statement. “Emergency equipment such as avalanche beacons, probes and shovels are essential. Furthermore, taking the Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 is a wise investment in time and money to make these ventures safe and enjoyable.”
Avalanche Canada has issued a special avalanche warning for this weekend, noting conditions are ripe for human-triggered avalanches. For more information on local conditions, check the Avalanche Canada website.