It took them 8 hours, but members of North Shore Rescue have found a missing snowboarder on Mount Seymour.
Team leader Don Jardine says a secondary team located the man at about 3:30am Wednesday.
“They found him, he was soaking wet, cold, and tired but they put dry clothes on him, fed him some hot fluids, and they’re now hiking him down the mountain towards Brighton Beach and Indian Arm where the lifeboat, the search-and-rescue lifeboat is going to pick him up.”
Jardine calls it a nice save.
“Yah, we’re very happy about this because we were getting a little worried that we were in the area that we thought we would find him and weren’t getting any voice contact at all, that sometimes indicates they’re in the steeper drainages which are extremely dangerous. But in this case it’s all worked out fine and we’ve notified the family and they’re ecstatic.”
The search began at 7:30 Tuesday night when the man’s brother alerted authorities.
At 8pm the 26-year-old called his aunt in Seattle to say he was okay but lost in the woods.
Jardine thinks the man may have boarded out of bounds accidentally.
“There are some snowshoe trails, he may have gotten that mixed up with a ski trail, and found his way out of the area that way. I’m not sure exactly what happened. I don’t think he was just out joyriding, looking for out-of-bounds skiing.”