Overdue snowboarder found deceased

Kelowna, BC – The body of the overdue snowboarder has been located.

Late this morning, Search and Rescuers along with Big White Ski Patrol located the body of the overdue snowboarder who was last seen yesterday at 1:00 p.m. A recovery effort is underway with assistance from the Penticton and District Search and Rescue – Helicopter External Transport System (PENSAR HETS).

The man’s Next of Kin has been notified and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

The Kelowna Regional RCMP thanks volunteers from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) as well as teams from Vernon (SAR) as well as Penticton (PENSAR) who assisted in the search.

There will be no further updates as the investigation will be turned over to the BC Coroners Service.

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BACKGROUND

2021-12-27 15:11 PST

File # 2021-83956

The Kelowna Regional RCMP along with assistance from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) and North Shore Rescue (NSR), are looking for an overdue snowboarder at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC.

At approximately 5:10 p.m. on December 26, 2021, the Kelowna Regional RCMP received a report of an overdue snow boarder at Big White. A 42-year-old man from Kelowna had been snowboarding with friends when he was last seen at 1:00 p.m. at the Gem Lake chair lift as he prepared to do his last run of the day.

The Kelowna Regional RCMP is working closely with Big White Ski Patrol as well as searchers from COSAR and NSR. A search was conducted last evening but was called off at 12:45 a.m. due to inclement weather and poor visibility. The search is being conducted in the backcountry of Big White where the snowpack is unstable and is subject to considerable and high avalanche risks.

The search is resuming this morning.

Kelowna Regional RCMP

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