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Posted: March 12, 2017

Fernie SAR rescue skiers lost for 36 hours

Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated yesterday (Saturday, March 11) to search for two skiers who had not been heard from or seen since March 9 and who had been missing for over 36 hours.

Witnesses had last seen the subjects in the area of Lost Boys and Sand Creek.

Due to the high avalanche risk Fernie SAR dispatched an initial team of two avalanche technicians via helicopter to assess the terrain and avalanche risk. Whilst making the assessment the SAR members spotted ski tracks heading in the wrong direction and decided to follow the tracks.

Fortunately these tracks led the team to the subjects and they were able to pick up the subjects and fly them back to Fernie.

The subjects were in good spirits and uninjured after spending two unplanned nights in the backcountry. Thanks to Ascent Helicopters.

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