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Well-known Rossland man dies in ski accident at Red Mountain resort

FILE PHOTO - Red Mountain Volunteer Ski Patrol
Image Credit: Red Mountain Volunteer Ski Patrol

A 76-year-old Rossland man died in a skiing accident at Red Mountain Ski Resort yesterday.

RCMP were called at around 3:36 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, to a report that a man was found in critical condition at the ski resort, according to an RCMP media release.

A skier found him unconscious and buried under the snow in a tree well in-bounds at the resort.

The skier alerted the Red Mountain Volunteer Ski Patrol who attended and rescued the man from the well.

Ski patrol members tried to revive the unconscious skier. Those efforts were continued by paramedics on the way to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital but the man succumbed to his injuries.

RCMP do not identify the man but say he was a long-time, well-known Rossland resident with a passion for skiing.

"Our sympathies go out to his family and friends in this time of mourning.," RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich said in the release.

"We would like to thank everyone who responded to this incident, and for the valiant efforts to save his life. The attending officer informed me that those who responded gave every ounce of effort they had, and all of their expertise their efforts."

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