Snowboarder rescued on mountain
Jan 22 2012
A snowboarder who went out of bounds at Mount Washington was red-faced Saturday when he was found after search-and-rescue experts, police and volunteers spent the night combing the northwest corner of the mountain for him.
The 26-year-old man, described by Comox Valley RCMP as a first-time snowboarder, was so embarrassed that he asked for his head to be covered by paramedics as they took him off the mountain. Video footage showed the man on a stretcher, covered from head to toe in a blue tarp. He was reported to have suffered from mild hypothermia.
Police and search-and-rescue officials warned people to either be prepared if they are going out of bounds, or, better yet, not to go out of bounds.
The weather is expected to continue causing challenges, although the snow has let up. Environment Canada posted a wind warning for Vancouver Island today. Southeasterly winds of up to 90 to 110 km/h are expected to develop over much of the south coast by this morning. The intense low pressure centre will see the winds continue through the afternoon, but abate overnight as it moves inland and weakens.
Icy road conditions remained in several parts of Saanich Saturday night, police said. The corridor from the Pat Bay Highway west to the Highlands and north from Royal Oak was causing particular problems.