ROSSLAND – The overnight rescue of two fathers and a group of eight kids from the backcountry of a ski resort in the West Kootenays should be a warning to others to stay in bounds unless they have a GPS tracking device, a search and rescue expert says.
The group – up from Washington State and staying at one of the adult’s resort properties – spent a chilly night huddled with rescuers after accidentally going out of bounds on a new portion of Red Mountain Resort, near Rossland.
“A little bit of a mistake and an accident got them out of bounds and into trouble,” said Rossland RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dave Johnson.
The last of the group, which included children of various ages, were helicoptered out early Monday afternoon and all are uninjured and in good spirits, according to Johnson.