Canada Two snowmobilers missing near Revelstoke

00:01  08 january  2018
00:01  08 january  2018 Source:   vancouversun.com

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Search and rescue volunteers have found two snowmobilers missing since Saturday in a popular snowmobiling area on a mountain near Revelstoke . RCMP say the men were found around 1 p.m. Sunday, cold but in good health.

Two snowmobilers are thanking rescuers after spending a cold Saturday night stranded on Boulder Mountain near Revelstoke , B.C. "Can't thank the search and rescue guys enough," said Taylor Dumonceaux, who was missing on the mountain with his friend, Andrew MacLeod.

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Police and local search and rescue volunteers are looking for two snowmobilers missing since Saturday on a mountain near Revelstoke.

According to a media release from the Revelstoke RCMP’s detachment commander, Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky, the two men, Taylor Dumonceaux and Andrew MacLeod, both 24, were reported missing around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, after they did not return to the Boulder Mountain parking lot.

The pair, who are from Kelowna, had rented snowmobiles from a local rental company.

They were to meet the rental company at the end of the day at the parking lot but they didn’t show up. A vehicle belonging to one of them was located in the parking lot and their families reported they hadn’t been heard from.

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Grabinsky said the pair have limited snowmobile experience, though they did rent a flare kit and an avalanche pack along with the snowmobiles. They are not believed to be prepared for a frigid night in the backcountry; they likely had not packed food, water or overnight equipment.

What area the pair were intending to travel into is not clear and attempts to locate their mobile phones have been unsuccessful. Grabinsky said they may have been seen in an area on Boulder Mountain called the Toilet Bowl.

The RCMP closed the Boulder Mountain snowmobiling area Sunday while Revelstoke Search and Rescue led a search of the area using both people on the ground as well as helicopters. They also were on the mountain searching for about five hours Saturday evening.

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A two -snowmobile collision ended with a death near Revelstoke , B.C. on April 20. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium/AP). No riding means no spending, snowmobilers say.

“The Revelstoke RCMP appreciate the public’s cooperation and patience while this area is being searched,” Grabinsky said. “This provides SAR a more effective opportunity to locate any persons or sleds on the mountain. This has been done in the past with success. If this is not effective, other means including the re-opening of the mountain, will be considered.”

“Thank you for respecting the closure,” Revelstoke Search and Rescue said on their Facebook page.

Two years ago, a snowmobiler from Alberta was lost in the same area. He was found dead nearly a week later.

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Rescuers find 2 missing snowmobilers near Revelstoke, B.C. .
Two men, both from Kelowna, rented snowmobiles from a local company Saturday to go sledding on Boulder Mountain but failed to return at the arranged time.RCMP said Taylor Dumonceaux and Andrew Macleod, both 24 and from Kelowna, B.C. were found cold, but in good health on the mountain Sunday at about 1 p.m. PT.

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