A missing snowboarder from Seattle is likely counting his lucky stars after he was found on Mount Seymour by North Shore Rescue Wednesday morning. The man found himself in very steep terrain after managing to walk out of bounds with his snowboard before falling into a lake and getting soaked.
North Shore Rescue’s Mike Danks says they ended up performing a longline rescue at about 8:30 this morning.
“He fell into the edge of a lake and was submerged up to his waist,” he tells Vancity Buzz. “He thought he was going to die. He just ditched his snowboard and walked three kilometres in the wrong direction.”
The man was given hot liquids, heat packs, and dry clothing when they found him.
Danks says crews were notified that the man was missing at around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, before they finally made contact with him at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was found on the Indian Arm side of Mount Seymour.
The man was longlined out using a new “boost system” that can enable rescuers to travel in fewer helicopter trips. A total of eight rescuers were carried to the mountain in two trips thanks to an 1,100 pound maximum capacity, and it was the first time North Shore Rescue has had to use the new system, according to Danks.