Military Helps Rescue Terrace Skiers Saturday Night

John Crawford

A couple of skiers, who became stranded in the Shames Mountain backcountry west of Terrace Saturday night, were rescued -- thanks to quick work by Terrace Search and Rescue and the Royal Canadian Air Force's 442  Squadron based at Comox.

Terrace SAR spokesperson Dave Jephson says the skiers had embarked from Shames Mountain Saturday morning, heading toward a cabin on Mount Remo -- but became lost after darkness set in and got stuck in one of the ridges.

Jephson says they managed to radio for help, and the SAR team was called in at around 6:30 that evening.

But Jephson says it became too dark for avalanche technicians to do a proper risk assessment, meaning it was too dangerous for SAR volunteers to ski in to the area, or to affect a rescue on foot.

And with temperatures dropping rapidly, it was decided the stranded skiers needed help quickly if they were to survive.

"Dave-Jephson-SAR-annct-Nov-2017.jpgThere was too much risk and too crazy an area for our team to get to, so we requested 442 which is the military -- Joint Rescue Coordination Centre -- they were able to fly up with a Cormorant and pick them up off the mountain about 1 o'clock Sunday morning and transport them to the hospital where they were admitted for hypothermia," Jephson explained.

The two skiers were treated yesterday at Mills Memorial Hospital and then released


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