West Kelowna search locates missing man in deep snow

Deep snow slowed the rescue effort for a man who was reported missing on Sunday in West Kelowna, according to Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR).

The man had become separated from his friend while operating all-terrain vehicles above Bartley Road, according to COSAR.

The friend searched on his own for several hours before calling West Kelowna RCMP for help, they said.

After several more hours searching, COSAR crews were called in after 7 p.m. to ramp up the effort as the sun went down.

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“Sixteen COSAR members and the riding partner spent several hours searching in the dark along several ATV trails, until the missing male was located around 12:30 a.m.,” COSAR search manager Duane Tresnich said.

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Tresnich said it took another three hours to get the man out due to his location and deep snow.

There are numerous essentials necessary when exploring the backcountry, according to COSAR.

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