Fernie Search and Rescue

Search - Missing timber biker

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Starts at Monday, 8 January, 2018 - 05:52
Ends at Monday, 8 January, 2018 - 12:00
Location Tent mountain

Fernie SAR were advised that a male from Alberta who was out on a motorized snow bike (Timber sled) had become separated from his riding companions and had not returned to his vehicle at the staging area.  The call was initially responded to by Alberta SAR but as the reported location of the subject was on the Alberta/BC border they were concerned the subject might have crossed over into BC and needed Fernie SAR to search the BC side and for containment in BC.

We had a reported LKP for the subject recieved by pinging his cell phone around 22:00 but due to the location and darkness no team had been able to make their way to the LKP suring the night for fear of avalanche.

 Fernie SAR dispatched a team via helicopter to assess the avalanche risk for a ground team of Fernie SAR and Sparwood SAR members on snowmobiles that had also been dispatched and were making their way to the staging area on the BC side of the mountains.

The helicopter team flew to the LKP for the subject as it was just over the border in Alberta to assess avalanche risk on both sides of the mountain range and spotted the subject at his LKP trapped under his snow machine in a small avalanche.

The team assessed the location and deemed it safe to land so landed near the subject and made their way to the subject, after lifitng his snowmachine off him they assessed him and remarkably for being out and all night trapped under his machine for at least 8 hours he had no injuries and was only suffering from hypothermia.

The helicopter team flew the subject to the the Alberta SAR team located in Blairmore and handed the subject to the Alberta ambulance service.

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