Teenage snowmobiler missing in Greystokes area found safe

Chopper dispatched for teen

A total of 30 searchers were involved in the rescue of a missing 14-year-old snowmobiler overnight, says Ed Henczel with COSAR.

Due to the boy's age, a Canadian Air Force Cormorant helicopter and a Buffalo STOL were dispatched at first light on Tuesday morning. 

The Buffalo made it to the search area just before the boy was found by a snowmobile team from Vernon Search and Rescue, says COSAR. 

He was evacuated by Wildcat Helicopters to B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics awaiting his arrival, and has since been released.  

When the call was first received at 8 p.m. on Monday night, COSAR sent 12 members of its team, as well as Kelowna Snowmobile Club (KSC) volunteers, to comb the trails.

On Tuesday morning, they were joined by another eight KSC members, seven COSAR members, and four Vernon SAR members. 

Search manager Duane Tresnich says he is glad the boy was dressed adequately for the cold night. 

“Although he could’ve been better equipped, he had enough cold weather gear to last the night."

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

Kelowna RCMP has confirmed the young snowmobiler who was reported missing Monday has been located and is safe.

“Kelowna RCMP would like to extend their thanks to the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR),” says Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

“RCMP would also like to thank the media and all those all over the Central Okanagan who remained extra vigilant in hopes of spotting the missing snowmobiler.”

UPDATE: 7:05 a.m.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and Kelowna RCMP are searching for a 14-year-old snowmobiler after he became separated from his group in the Greystokes area east of Kelowna. 

Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, police were notified that three snowmobilers, a father and his two teenaged sons, were overdue from a trip into the Greystokes area.

After receiving that call, the father and missing sledder's brother returned to their vehicle and advised they had become separated from the boy. 

COSAR began a ground search immediately and continued through the night, says Noseworthy.

Ed Henczel with COSAR says a 12-member team, along with four members of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club, were engaged in the search.

A helicopter is expected to join the search shortly, and a fresh group of searchers has relieved the overnight crew.

ORIGINAL: 6:30 a.m.

A search continues this morning for a teenage snowmobiler missing in the Greystokes area east of Kelowna.

Members of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club posted on their Facebook page that a 14-year-old boy is missing after a sledding trip with his brother and father.

Word went out after they did not return as expected Monday evening.

"Was anyone riding today and saw a man and two teenage boys wearing lime green snow gear and one son wearing a blue jacket and lime snow pants, driving SkiDoos?" group member Bonnie Voelker posted Monday night.

"Truck is a blue club cab F-150 ford with a Norbert black and red trailer at the parking lot. Have not returned home. Were they broken down?"

Another member said the group was seen at a cabin in the area.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue was contacted, and were apparently searching through the night for the boy.

The father and oldest son were in contact with search and rescue, Voelker posted late Monday.

"They have been looking all night and have not located him yet," she wrote as of about 5 a.m.

Castanet has reached out to COSAR for more details and will update this story as more details become available.

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