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Snowmobiler rescued from Apex Mountain after massive search

A snowmobiler was rescued at Apex Mountain Resort Feb. 15.
Image Credit: Penticton Search and Rescue
February 16, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Search and Rescue crews raced to find a snowmobiler who made a distress call yesterday at Apex Mountain.

The team received a 911 call around 4 p.m. Feb. 15, according to a Penticton SAR news release.

Early attempts to identify the snowmobiler's position by tracking the phone call were unsuccessful which left searchers with a vast area to search, the release said.

Search manager Kelvin Hall recognized that with fading sunlight and a lack of information, Penticton SAR needed to get all the resources it could into the field. Within an hour, more than 25 resources were involved in the search.

A search aircraft was also deployed to assist in the search operation.

Around 9 p.m. police had made contact with the missing subject and the search scaled back.  This was the second call in a week that the Penticton SAR had received in regards to a snowmobiler in distress in the area.

Hall echoed the same advice to the public as other SAR teams have around the province:

  1. If you are going out tell someone where you are going.
  2. If you do have contact with someone and the call drops and you can get out of the situation, be sure to connect with authorities to advise that you are safe. You may not know resources are mobilized to search for you.
  3. Use the Adventure Smart trip-planning App – it’s free and it works.
  4. Don’t venture out alone; go out with a partner in the outdoors.
  5. And remember – Cell phones are fantastic tools, but they have limitations and don’t always work everywhere. Batteries can and will fail when you want them to work.

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