Rescuers find lost snowboarder out of bounds at Mary Jane
February 15, 2012
WINTER PARK – A Tabernash man was found out of bounds by Winter Park Ski Patrol at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Grand County Search and Rescue was called to the Zero Creek area near Berthoud Pass to begin the search for a man, 20, who called dispatch around 2:30 p.m. to say he was lost near the Winter Park Ski Resort.
The man and his snowboarding partner ducked the rope on the cat track near the Panoramic Express lift on Mary Jane, according to Dave Batura, incident commander for Grand County Search and Rescue. The man was stuck in a location he didn’t know and called dispatch for help.
The Sheriff’s radio system was able to “ping” the lost man’s cell phone using GPS technology to find his exact location, said Batura.
“Winter Park Ski Patrol got to him first, then the GCSAR team arrived,” said Batura.
The lost boarder was cold but was able to ride out with rescuers.
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The snowboarder’s partner was able to get out by himself and was not on scene when rescuers arrived, Batura said.
Authorities are withholding the identities of the boarders pending possible criminal charges.