Autistic hiker found as winter storm swept South Coast B.C.
North Shore Rescue is warning hikers to be careful as avalanche risk on North Shore mountains rises
A young autistic man has been found after he went missing during a hike on the North Shore Sunday afternoon, just hours before a winter storm dumped heavy rain and snow.
Family members said the 22-year-old became separated during a hike near Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. He was wearing only a hoodie and the storm was fast-approaching, so they called North Shore Rescue.
The search and rescue team set up a command centre and scoured the area. A few hours later, it received a call saying the young man had made it home to Delta, B.C., by himself.
"He had actually made his way out ... and made it all the way back home to Delta on the bus. He's safe and sound and so that was good news," said Doug Pope with NSR.
Winter storm increases avalanche risk
The winter storm that swept across South Coast, B.C., Sunday night also left a dump of snow on the North Shore mountains, increasing the avalanche risk to high.
NSR is warning hikers and snow seekers to be extra careful if they are heading up the mountains.
"There is a lot of snow, and we are worried about people going into the back country right now because of such a high avalanche risk," said Pope.
"Better off enjoying that fresh snow in bounds on the ski resorts for the next several days until this storm cycle ends. People should be watching the avalanche forecast at avalanche.ca to see when the conditions improve."
Pope said it is not safe to enter the back country until the danger subsides.
An avalanche trapped three skiers, seriously injuring one, on Saturday afternoon near Hope, B.C.
Another avalanche on Boulder Mountain near Revelstoke, occurring at nearly the same time, left one snowmobiler dead and two injured on Saturday.
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With files from CBC's Meera Bains