Whistler Search and Rescue undertook a dangerous night rescue to come to the aid of a 16-year-old male student from Massachusetts. The teen got lost on Mar. 6 in the Khyber area and wound up in the Cake Hole area near Cheakamus Lake.
Rescuers were in touch with the teen on his iPhone, and used photos he took of his surroundings - and his own directions hearing the helicopter - to locate him by around 5:30 p.m. However, there was nowhere in the area to safely land and it was too late in the evening to convert the helicopter for a long line rescue.
The boy had been spotted by another 34-year-old skier from Squamish who was also lost in Khyber earlier in the afternoon, but had managed to find his own way out. There were a lot of skiers and snowboarders in the area and it was still the early afternoon when their paths crossed, so they went in their separate directions.
The teen had attempted to hike back into the ski area, sweating with exertion and freezing in his jacket. With no jacket for warmth Search and Rescue decided that a night rescue was necessary to ensure his survival.
A team took a groomer to the entrance of the out-of-bounds area and carefully skied down in the dark. With GPS coordinates from the helicopter they found the teen and gave him hot tea and something to warm his body.
When he had warmed up, the crew escorted him out of the Cheakamus Lake area and he was reunited with his teachers and classmates after 11:30 p.m.
Suspect arrested in school break-in
At 12:53 a.m. on Mar. 8, the RCMP was notified that the motion sensor alarm at Myrtle Philip had been tripped, and sent a patrol to investigate. They located a suspect near the school with a guitar and a cut on his hand. He was intoxicated when he was picked up.
They walked around the school and found a broken window at the back of the school with the open guitar case plainly visible.
The 30-year-old Australian was scheduled to leave Canada in a month, and was held in custody until he could appear before the Justice of the Peace
Man bitten in village altercation
A fight that started at the Village Gate Taxi Loop spilled over to Lot A outside the Whistler Conference Centre, then ended when a friend of one of the combatants and a passerby stepped in.
When the police attended the scene they found a man with a cut on his cheek, which was sustained when the other man in the altercation bit him.
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