MT. HOOD, Ore. – A 19-year-old male snowboarder was found safe early Sunday morning. The man had been missing since Saturday afternoon.
At 1:12 a.m. Sunday, Mountain Wave SAR tweeted that he had been found and was OK.
Missing snowboarder on Mt. Hood located and is OK. Bringing him out now.— Mountain Wave SAR (@MountainWaveSAR) February 12, 2017
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office led the effort to find him. They confirmed Sunday afternoon that he had been found safe and had walked out under his own power.
At about 2:15 p.m., Mt Hood Ski Patrol contacted a group who had gone out of bounds from the Timberline Ski area.
One member of the group had gone out in front of the rest, and when the others were led back into the ski area, he was left behind.
The tracks of the missing snowboarder led into Little Zigzag Canyon, an area where people commonly get lost.
The teenager was an experienced snowboarder, but he reportedly had only some water and beer with him and no supplies to stay overnight. He did not have a cell phone, GPS, or mountain locator device.
The sheriff’s office was called in just before 6 p.m. and Clackamas County Search and Rescue coordinated the search.
We love happy endings! Team cleared a trail & setup hand line to help the found snowboarder get up the bank to Hwy 26 4 a ride to Timberline
— Mountain Wave SAR (@MountainWaveSAR) February 12, 2017
Searchers from Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, Mountain Wave Communications and Portland Mountain Rescue were also involved in the rescue effort.
(© 2017 KGW)