VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Search and Rescue crews successfully rescued a scared and lost snowboarder from Cypress Mountain on the night of Feb. 25.
After initially being alerted to the man late on Monday afternoon, search crews completed a successful rescue at approximately 11 p.m.
While the snowboarder was uninjured, Mike Danks with North Shore Rescue said he had ducked out of bounds.
“He was not injured, but was lost, cold and in terrain that exceeded his ability.” Danks said.
Before the search, Danks said the 37-year-old snowboarder wasn’t dressed to spend the night.
“He has no food or water, and he does not have any avalanche safety equipment on him,” Danks said.
Update on @NSRescue on Cypress Mountain. Lost Snowboarder is 37 y/o man, got separated from friends when they all ducked out of bounds. Crews got the call around 4:50pm. It's not believed the man is injured at this point. Voice contact has been made, rescue is progressing
— Jonathan Szekeres (@jonszekeres) February 26, 2019
Danks said the boarder was West side of Cypress, but they initially weren’t able to locate his phone.
“He’s a beginner snowboarder and he’s pretty scared at this point. We have not been able to locate his phone. We have police trying to ping it as well.”
He added that before they even began the search, they had to make sure avalanche conditions were stable, and everything is safe for the team.
Danks said this serves a good reminder to stay in-bounds if you’re hitting the slopes.