Update: The second male was located by air and brought out via snowmobile, safe and with no injuries.
The male confirmed he became lost while searching for his snowmobiling partner.
TheSmithers RCMP would like to thank SAR for their immediate response, as well as the volunteers that offered assistance.
On February 11, 2013 at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Smithers RCMP received a report of two missing persons on snowmobiles in the “Onion” area, Smithers, BC.
Two 25-year-old males went out snowmobiling around 1200hrs at the “Onion”, at approximately 6:30 p.m. the family received a call from one of the males advising the two snowmobilers had been separated, his snowmobile was stuck and he was unable to find his way down the mountain.
Smithers RCMP immediately contacted Search and Rescue (SAR), who started an ground search and subsequently located one of the males early this morning.
The search is continuing today with a helicopter assisting SAR.
Search and Rescue in conjunction with the RCMP are attempting to conduct a systematic search of the area.
The Smithers RCMP would like to ask the public not to attend the area to help at this time, as it may hinder the search in progress.
In addition, untrained and uncoordinated resources in the area may lead to further issues, such as avalanche or other “searchers” becoming lost or hurt.