Search and Rescue in the West Kootenay keeps busy with three calls in as many days

NSAR was paged at 01:20 am Feb 26th with a request to provide mutual aid assistance to South Columbia Search and Rescue for two overdue snowmobilers in the Bombi Summit. Picture Credits, Nelson SAR.

SCSAR located the subjects Saturday evening but given the onset of night and the difficulty of the terrain the decision was made to send SAR members in at first light. Ground crews were dispatched and made contact with the subjects. Shortly thereafter a helicopter was able to access the site and pick the subjects up. They were wet and cold but in generally good health.

Nelson Search and Rescue was activated Feb 27 at 5:30 pm for an overdue backcountry skier in the Wh2o Ski Resort area. Crews were sent to two separate ridges in the dark to search for tracks and direction of travel. Sightings earlier in the day have placed the subject in a remote area. Morning of the 28th a helicopter rescue crew was able to access the area and located the subject trying to ski his way out. The subject was very experienced and was well trained in winter survival but he was alone and was heading in the wrong direction. It is advised to always have the 10 essential items on your outdoor pursuits. A method of finding your way and an electronic signaling device would have been helpful. Even the best skilled can be fooled by the terrain and become lost.

At 6:30 pm on the 27th a second callout for a stuck snowmobiler came in and South Columbia Search and Rescue was paged to assist Nelson Search and Rescue in the rescue of a single male in mountainous terrain. Subject was located and brought back to trail head by UTV and snowmobiles. Subject was in good health but very cold and tired. The individual was riding alone and became stuck and required help. This person was in cell service and had an electronic signaling device. It is never advised to travel in the outdoors alone.

UPDATED: Rescue underway for overnight skier near Whitewater Resort