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Backcountry snowboarder rescued

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Search and rescue volunteers rescued a backcountry snowboarder who got stuck in a tree well near Waterhouse Peak Saturday, according to a statement from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

The San Francisco man became separated from his friend and got trapped in a tree well, an area at the base of a tree where snow does not accumulate.

In an attempt to free himself, he lost his snowboard, according to the statement.



Heavy snow also prevented the man from walking out. He dug a snow cave for shelter and called 911 about 6:30 p.m., according to the statement.

The snowboarder was located using GPS coordinates gathered from his cell phone as well as an avalanche transceiver he was wearing, according to the statement.


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