Volunteers rescue lost snowboarders
Two stranded snowboarders were rescued Thursday by search and rescue volunteers and cited for being out-of-bounds at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Craig Finnegan and Kirk Goldsand, both 21, called a friend by cell phone at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and reported they had snowboarded off-trail and were lost. The friend contacted the Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue which dispatched 24 volunteers and set a staging area at the Heavenly Boulder parking lot by 5:50 p.m.
“The snowboarders’ friend remained in intermittent contact with the lost subjects via cell phone,” said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey. “Information gathered from the lost subjects provided search and rescue members a clue as to the general area where the subjects might be.”
He said volunteers snowshoed approximately one quarter mile into the Palisades area off of lower Kingsbury Grade, using portable lights to help find their way to the subjects.
They located the two lost snowboarders at approximately 7:55 p.m.
“The snowboarders were found cold and tired, but otherwise unharmed,” Halsey said.
With assistance from the search and rescue team, using additional snowshoes carried by the team members, the snowboarders were extricated back to the staging area by 9 p.m.
“The two located subjects were extremely grateful to the Search and Rescue Team for locating and extricating them,” Halsey said.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s search and rescue team is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization. Members are on call 24 hours a day, year-round, and frequently perform their tasks in harsh weather during late night and early morning hours.
Halsey said the unit depends on the public for funding and equipment.
Donations may be mailed to DCSSAR, PO Box 1306, Minden, 89423.
For equipment donations, contact DCSSAR at (775) 782-9930. All donations are tax deductible.
Visit the DCSSAR Web site at dcsar.co.douglas.nv.us.
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