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Winlaw snowmobiler rescued from backcountry

A 35-year-old Winlaw resident is happy to be drying off and warming up after spending a night outside, according to RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor. 

"On the evening of Feb. 9, the Slocan Lake RCMP were contacted by the male's girlfriend after she could not get in contact with him," said Taylor in a press release. "RCMP attended to the male's residence and located a fresh set of snowmobile tracks departing from the residence. Nelson Search and Rescue were activated and the snowmobile tracks lead to an avalanche path but, due to nightfall and the risk of avalanche, the search was suspended until the following morning.

"The search resumed the following morning and a helicopter assessing the risk of avalanche located the male walking in the area of the avalanche. The male, who is expected to make a full recovery, was rescued and treated for hypothermia."

He said the man told police that he had attempted to travel across the avalanche path with his snowmobile when he and the snowmobile rolled down into the gully. 

"It was too steep to walk up so, he proceeded to walk in a direction which he later realized was the wrong direction, so he hunkered down for the night, proceeding to walk again at daybreak."