By Staff Sergeant Kurt Grabinksy:
Snowmobile access to Boulder Mountain located in Revelstoke, BC will be closed on Sunday January 7th, 2018 while Revelstoke Search and Rescue (SAR) attempt to locate two overdue snowmobilers. SAR helicopter(s) will be utilised to locate the sledders. The Revelstoke RCMP appreciate the public’s cooperation and patience while this area is being searched.
On Saturday January 6th, 2018 at approximately 4:30 pm, the Revelstoke RCMP were advised of two sledders who had not returned to the Boulder Mountain Parking lot. They had rented two mountain sleds from a local rental company and failed to return the sleds at the arranged time. The fact that the missing persons vehicle was still in the parking lot as well as contact with family confirmed that the two males were still missing.
The two missing males from Kelowna are Taylor DUMONCEAUX, age 24, and Andrew MACLEOD, age 24. They are noted to have limited sledding experience, had rented a flare kit and avalanche pack and likely had no food, water or overnight equipment. Cell phone pings have been negative for the two males.
Revelstoke Search and Rescue commenced searching shortly after the report was received and were on Boulder Mountain searching for over five hours. There was no last known location for the males, although some information was received of the two being seen in an area on Boulder Mountain known as the Toilet Bowel.
Revelstoke Search and Rescue have requested and been granted the opportunity to close the mountain today to access from other recreational sledders. This provides SAR a more effective opportunity to locate any persons or sleds on the mountain. This has been done in the past with success. If this is not effective, other means including the re-opening of the mountain, will be considered.
Updates will provided as soon as received. Information from the public as to the whereabouts of these two males is appreciated.